accel5 | March 26, 2020
At a time when so many people are working remotely and trying to create the ideal work-life balance, Accel5® is providing free access to articles and summaries to help you develop remote-working skills, lead your team from a home office, and ease your mind amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Accel5® team hopes that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal has always been to help businesses and individuals be the absolute best they can be. Now, more than ever, we’d like to serve as a resource as you adapt to ever-changing working conditions and face new challenges, both professionally and beyond.
This week, in addition to regularly added content, you’ll find featured videos and book summaries offering tips for employees who are currently working in their home offices — holding virtual meetings, handling unexpected problems, and trying to lead teams — all while working remotely. We’re offering access to this featured content to all users, regardless of subscription. So, whether you’re trying to learn how to effectively work from home, maintain a healthy work-life balance while your office is in your home, or just brush up on leadership skills, here are a few resources:
If you manage a team, a simple coaching technique for creating accountability for your remote employees lies in asking three simple questions from career coach and author Sue Powell.
Once you and your team has established a new working relationship, determine how often you are going to check-in with them. Try setting a weekly meeting to catch up and share progress and updates. These meetings can be relatively informal, but important, nonetheless. Regularly keeping in touch with reports can minimize miscommunication. It also doesn’t hurt to ensure your employees know that just because they are out of sight, doesn’t mean they are out of mind.
Leading effective virtual meetings requires preparation, energy, focus, and discipline. A meeting leader can feel confident in executing the best virtual meeting possible by using the following guidelines from Harvard Business Review Press’ 20 Minute Manager: Running Virtual Meetings.
This last tip may be the most crucial. In this very uncertain time, it is important to lead with compassion and understanding. Leading a fully remote workforce comes with a unique set of challenges. However, the principles of leadership remain the same regardless of where you — or your team — are physically located.
In this very uncertain time, it is important to lead with compassion and understanding.
As a long-distance leader, your conversations with team members may feel forced, since you’re likely trying to cram as much as possible into a small amount of scheduled time. Since you aren’t running into people in the break room as you would in a shared workspace, every interaction needs to be intentional and consciously thought out. When you’re communicating through social media, phone, email, or on another platform, the same sense of personal intimacy doesn’t come through.
Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel offer their advice for remote success in The Long-Distance Leader:
Learning to work in a new environment can be difficult, but there are countless resources available to help you adjust. For more information on working remotely, check out Accel5.
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