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Occasionally, we have the pleasure of hosting guest bloggers on this site which is what you will find here today. The following was written by Tina Martin of Ideaspired.com. Coincidentally, I happen to be facilitating a webinar around this topic later in the month. The topic is Encouraging & Maintaining Remote Employee Engagement. Click here to check it out and sign up!
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One of the biggest hurdles that businesses face is reaching their customer base. If you want to maximize profits, you need the right talent and tools. If your business has moved to remote work, it is important you understand how to set up a skilled remote team. Here guide that explains how you can put one together, courtesy of Rogers HR Consulting.
Imagine Your Team's Structure
Vet Your Candidates
Glassdoor explains that vetting employees saves you time because you are more likely to hire the right person for the job. A human resources team (even a team from a one-stop HR department like Rogers HR Consulting) can help you evaluate and hire potential employees. Evaluate all of your candidates closely so that you do not hire an unqualified employee or someone who is unfit for your work culture and goals.
If you are looking for a freelance e-mail marketing specialist, for example, read some reviews and check references before hiring. Also, make sure that the freelancer can deliver based on your deadlines and does not cost your company too much to hire.
Encourage Engagement and Communication
Teams reach their goals at a higher rate when there is clear communication between team members and team leaders. Every person should know their role on the team and feel free to ask questions in times of uncertainty. When teams communicate, they ensure all of the work is divided fairly. Also, if one person cannot meet a deadline, they can come up with a solution.
Encourage your team to engage with one another and to form healthy, positive work relationships. Communicative teammates are more likely to trust one another. They can assign tasks to each other based on the strengths and tendencies each person has. Also, positive communication tends to make the job more fulfilling for everyone.
Remote teams present more of a challenge when it comes to communication. You have to be creative with the different avenues that they can communicate. You should have a variety of communication methods that encourage group conversation and individual conversations. For those in different time zones, asynchronous communication may work in some situations. Teams may use messaging apps to add to conversations at their discretion.
With synchronous communication, every person agrees to be online at the same time to have a conversation. Group video calls, phone calls, or live chat platforms are best for this type of communication. Calendars and task managers can also be beneficial for group projects.
Since remote teams do not have a physical water cooler to gather around, create a Facebook or other social media group for the team members. Allowing for conversation and pleasant interactions can create a close-knit group.
You do not have to have your team on-site for them to do their best work. As long as you select the best candidates for the job and encourage communication, your team can do its best work from anywhere in the world.
Rogers HR Consulting serves as a one-stop HR department for small businesses and a helping hand for larger businesses. Contact us today to see how we can help!
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Let’s talk about substituting holistic solutions for traditional EAPs
By Amy DenneyThere’s a tragedy in Employee Assistance Programs currently: they are underutilized AND they rarely even do what they promise.
This wellness model is intended to give employees access to needed support in the midst of personal life issues and crises. The EAP is often the system of choice for many employers, who struggle because it’s both underutilized and under appreciated by employees.
A 2016 study by Chestnut Global Partners found anywhere from 1.8 percent to 6.9 percent of employees utilize the EAP at all.
It could be because employees are calling the hotline and failing to get support or because many models contract with therapists who aren’t even accepting new patients, according to a Jan. 19, 2021 Forbes article entitled, “Is it Finally Time to Reconsider Employee Assistance Programs?”
Thankfully many employers are seeking out other solutions in addition to their EAP, in part due to the pandemic, though the Forbes article suggests it is simply time to ditch the EAP altogether.
What are the other solutions that are trending? What could take the place of the EAP and provide the needed help in times of crisis?
Anything that emphasizes the mind-body connection is bound to be more effective than simple “talk therapy.” While therapy has its place, in situations of trauma (which can include chronic stress), effective solutions have a physical component.
Holistic approaches to mental health are rooted in science, and addressing both the body and mind in a healthy environment for employees can have a positive ripple effect across the workplace.
Many trauma-informed experts agree that bottom-up approaches (training the body before or alongside the brain) more effectively retrain thought patterns, and can have tremendous impact on the quality of life (and work!) for your employees.
Bottom-up approaches involve a physical element such as movement (yoga/stretching), breathing or meditation. Its impact on the nervous system is tremendous. The heart rate lowers and the body and brain respond with calm and balance. Art, pet therapy and theater can all generate a similar response. These ideas are considered in trauma expert Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s bestselling book, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma.”
It’s pretty darn hard to talk the brain out of ingrained anxiety patterns. But the body can be more easily and gently coaxed.
Another option is science of photobiomodulation (PBM) that impacts the parasympathetic nervous system by releasing nitric oxide, a messenger molecule that promotes vasodilation of blood vessels and mediates communication between nervous system cells. PBM improves the body’s resilience to stress while at the same time elevating focus, improving sleep and giving energy levels a boost.
This is pretty exciting when we also consider stress is at the heart of 80 percent plus of all disease and illness. For employers, it impacts productivity in the workplace, sick days and staff turnover. Consider these statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and business.com:
- 40 % of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful.
- 100 million workdays are lost due to stress
- 75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago
- Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems
It’s worth pointing out that pain is another workplace problem. An American Osteopathic Association survey found that more than one-quarter of office workers lose two or more hours a month on work-related tasks because of pain. Overall, according to the Institute of Medicine, the annual cost of lost workplace productivity due to pain is over $297 billion. Opioid use and addiction is another layer of concern that can enter the workforce, both rooted in pain. Getting ahead of addiction is in everyone’s best interests.
Amy Denney is owner of Shine Light Therapy and a certified Holy Yoga and trauma-sensitive Holy Yoga instructor. She has published a white paper on five uses of light therapy in the workplace that can be found at www.shinelighttherapy.com.