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This article has been translated from our English edition.
The opinions of the employees of You are personal.
- Depression and anxiety have increased due to the increase in remote working.
- A manager must know and understand the needs of his employees.
- The home office is here to stay whether we like it or not. You have to learn to deal with it in the best possible way.
“A leader is one who knows the way, follows the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
Life got complicated in 2020.
It’s not just the virus. In this way, the virus has changed everything we have taken for granted, from the way we work to the way we work.
Or don’t get to work.
Although forecasts and schedules vary, one thing is clear: COVID-19 is here to stay.
The rest is largely unknown: especially when it comes to corporate and individual decisions.
Researchers predict that COVID-19 will continue to cause chaos and hardship in the years to come. Temporary crashes and panic shopping are part of everyday life. And if a vaccine is finally approved, international treaties will likely get in the way.
More people will be affected and even more people will stay at home.
Many of us are beginning to realize that there may never be a time when we return to “the state of things.” And the ones who feel it the most are the believers from nine to five.
At that time in the last year before COVID-19 was heard, a large chunk of the workforce was spending their days at work. We went to the office, did our job, and went home. It was here that we also took part in most of our daily social interactions: we discussed projects with colleagues, attended meetings, shared a dining room, and chatted idly.
More than 40 million people have lost their jobs since the pandemic. The rest of us were forced to stay home and have conversations on our screens. Research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) suggests that around two-thirds of Americans work remotely for this reason.
And boy do we feel it?
From remote voting of your choice to remote violence with violence
It is true that teleworking was on the rise even before the pandemic. In the past five years, the number of employees from kitchen tables to beach cafes in Bali has increased by 44 percent. But here’s the difference: it used to be a choice.
For many, the digital nomad lifestyle is the way to go. Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen (the Mikkelsen twins) recently started PublishingLife, a distance learning company that helps other entrepreneurs start their own online businesses.
Although they initially considered setting up a corporate office, they found that the benefits of being out of the way far outweighed the people in one location. Now they are determined to stay 100 percent away as their business grows based on the general trend.
“For companies that were already partially or completely remote, the impact of the coronavirus was minimized because employees could continue their business regardless of whether they were at home, abroad or in quarantine,” says Rasmus. “Companies with large corporate offices had to shut down their buildings and send workers home, which was surprisingly efficient and successful.”
They firmly believe that despite the massive impact of the coronavirus on the corporate world, remote work could be a powerful model for the new era.
“Even after the pandemic is over, we will see many companies keep many of their employees away,” says Rasmus. “This is a huge benefit for the company as it saves employees valuable time commuting to and from work. In addition, physical location is no longer an obstacle to setting. It’s an even greater benefit for the worker because it creates endless job opportunities and people love the freedom to telework. Work on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. How could it get better? “”
Of course, there are many benefits to working remotely, and many companies have weathered the economic downturn by simply sending their employees home. Google Inc. recently announced that the majority of its 200,000 employees will continue to work from home through July 2021.
But nine months after this mess, the novelty has gradually waned. And it has a huge impact on our mental health.
The mental effects of remote working
Without daily preparation and training, it can be difficult for even the most competent of people to perform and participate as well as they did before. Those new to work from home have reported feeling isolated, separated, and anxious.
Remote working means that you can’t just knock on the boss’s door when you have a question. Lack of personal supervision and the inability to “communicate” can result in the job not getting done. Decreased motivation can quickly lead to a lack of productivity, which only increases despair and worry.
We’re also missing an important component of normal human interaction: physical body language. A hasty or particularly direct e-mail from a boss or colleague can quickly be interpreted as a sign that the sender is angry. When we work in the same environment, we may know they are just having a bad day. Reading the tone of voice in the text is a task in itself.
Most importantly, there is a new and ever-present feeling of loneliness. Those who live alone or do not have the opportunity to connect with others in their remote work environment can be particularly vulnerable to stress and depression.
Meanwhile, those with other commitments in their personal lives are struggling with multiple distractions (fidgety kids, pets, partners, chores), all of which create a sub-optimal work environment.
Why managers have to adjust to their workers
COVID-19 has already brought an enormous amount of stress into our lives. Given the daily pandemic of supermarket lines, health fears, strict hygiene, media reports, and widespread fear, virtual work engagements can seem a bit overwhelming.
Here executives and managers must put themselves in the shoes of their employees and recognize what they may be confronted with.
By being more aware, managers and business owners can make a huge difference in the way their employees do their jobs. Better yet, they can help your employees keep doing their best and making a positive difference to the company.
Your Social Voice social media marketer Kim Barrett specializes in helping business owners thrive online. He believes that from 2021 onwards, companies will change in ways never seen before.
“Executives need to focus on the interests of everyone involved, not just their own bottom line,” he says. “The tide has run out for entrepreneurs who only care about their own profits. As Warren Buffet said, “Anyone who swims without pants has been abandoned.”
Now, says Kim, the time has come for a new kind of management: one in which leaders must demonstrate the behaviors they expect and need from the people who work for them. “I would expect this exponential surge in 2021 and beyond when truly mindful leaders step forward and lead by example.”
The arrival of the conscious leader
Much of the way we work is based on unconsciousness – learned patterns that have been ingrained in us since we were born. We often don’t even think about what we’re doing or how we’re doing it.
But if executives are to get their companies through the pandemic, they need to be more preoccupied with their workers. This means recognizing the common humanity – the fact that every employee is a person in need.
For leaders, the ability to understand a worker’s personal circumstances can help them create a mindful culture where people know what to expect. To be effective and to be successful, employees need to know that they are understood.
The founder of the Digital Nomad Summit, Olúmidé Gbenro, believes that conscious leadership is a long time coming. And now it’s more important than ever. However, in order to successfully implement awareness, companies must take a holistic approach in all niches.
“When it comes to community building, we are very focused on mental health,” he explains. “As an online entrepreneur, people can often stand in front of the laptop too much. Traveling as a digital nomad may sound great, unless it’s not always easy to make friends and connect with other people. “
“To be a conscientious leader in this case is to emphasize the importance of socializing and supporting everyone in our community. It creates a safe space for all of us to coexist and grow together at our own pace. “
This can be as simple as talking about mental wellbeing. Workers need to know that they have a safe place to talk about how they are doing at home and what to do if they don’t.
Robert B. McGuinness, business coach and founder of Soul Venturer, says leaders must now respect what he calls the “standard of the soul.” “I think this will change the future of employment and the future of entrepreneurship. The days when you only do business for money will not work in the new economy. The real coin is the effect! Effects that come from deep within who you are. “
“In this new economy and society, we have the need for our deepest and most authentic desires at hand. If you are not doing something that is deeply in tune with yourself, I think it will be a great challenge to find something sustainable for you in the future. “
Strategies for Becoming More Aware
- Actively listen to your employees. Look for what isn’t said instead of what is. Observe the communication in all its forms, spoken and written, and try to understand how the worker felt making that communication.
- Listen to yourself. Does your inner voice criticize or encourage you? Whatever you hear from within affects the way you treat others. Focus on developing the self-esteem that promotes positive thinking.
- How about this tension? COVID-related stress affects us all, and that stress can turn even the nicest leaders into monsters. Allow some time to really relax and relieve stress. Encourage your employees to do the same.
- Be. Whether you’re in a virtual meeting or writing an email, you know where you are. Try to keep your mind from wandering to other places. Thinking about what you did yesterday or what you have to do tomorrow will only deprive you of what you have to do now.
- Slower. This situation is not going to change anytime soon. What’s the use of being in a hurry? How will your employees feel the rush? Anxiety can make you feel violent and out of control, which only leads to panic. Take a break. Answer when you are calm.