In the post-COVID workplace, many organizations chose to keep their work teams remote. Leaders must embrace a cultural shift and adopt new systems and tools to support their teams, explains Robert Glazer, CEO of Acceleration Partners marketing agency. Writing in collaboration with author Mick Sloan, Glazer details how to maximize employee effectiveness, protect workers’ personal happiness and combat isolation when shifting to a virtual workplace. Companies that thrive in the “remote work revolution” will be those with the self-awareness to choose the approach that best serves their needs.
Organizations have a responsibility to create healthy remote work cultures.
Misconceptions surrounding remote work abound. Many employers fear that their workers are less productive when they work from home, or that remote employees allow their home life to leak into their work time. In fact, several studies during COVID-19 found that remote workers tend to work harder than on-site workers, and remote employees often struggle to erect boundaries, which means their work bleeds into their leisure time. To help remote workers create healthy boundaries and thrive, organizations can foster healthy cultures that support remote employees.
Remote workers’ fulfillment and happiness hinge upon the culture surrounding remote work at their organizations. If you hire workers who approach their roles with discipline and dedication, they excel when you provide them with effective processes and support. Organizations must create healthy work-life boundaries and stress the importance of maintaining specific schedules and setting up home workstations that support individual worker needs. Adapting to the realities of the home office requires a period of transition. Organizations...
Founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners Robert Glazer hosts the Elevate Podcast and is a columnist for Forbes, Business Insider, Inc, Entrepreneur and Fast Company. Mick Sloan is a writer and editor who focuses on creating content about career development and personal achievement.