7 Ways to Build Resilience in Your Remote Team
The survival of every business depends on resiliency. Call resiliency the genes that enable an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to the shifts in the markets, changes in customer demands, tough competition from rivals, and an economy going into regression.
Resilience isn’t a trait people are born with. It’s a set of thoughts, actions, and behaviors that are learned for survival. It’s the art of shifting your focus from the problem at hand, sticking to the plan, and being flexible.
How to Build Resilience into your Company Culture?
In these trying times, when the world is inflicted by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, economies are collapsing and businesses are shutting down, building resilience is a challenge. It’s tough indeed but not impossible. Here are some tips:
1. Find a Purpose
A purpose is an individual thing. While management can make its people believe in the purpose of the organization, but every employee must find their own purpose. They must then bring it in context what the purpose of the organization.
Every employee in your company must find their “why” because that’s the key to survival. The more they tap into this why the more fulfilled they will feel.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness develops problem-solving insight. It also enhances cognitive flexibility. Encourage your employees to dedicate 10 to 15 minutes per day to practice mindfulness. You can also make them join online mindfulness programs. These are helpful in reducing employee stress and improving resiliency.
Peer to peer learning networks also promotes mindfulness. Make it a core part of your organization so that your people know how to manage stress and enhance their overall well-being.
3. Encourage Frequent Breaks
No one can possibly remain productive throughout the workday. Some people are most productive in the morning others in mid-afternoon or evening. Explore your valley of productivity.
Experts say our energy cycle is 90 to 120 minutes long. Stepping away from the screen for even 5 minutes can restore your attention. Balance out work activities by letting your team take a brief detachment from work.
This practice will grow your team’s capacity for resilience throughout the day. Once this becomes a norm, no one will burn out from working tirelessly.
4. Be Courageous
In these challenging times, only a manger with real leadership skills can keep their team productive. You will need the courage to make tough calls and plan for the worst. Since the economic conditions are not well, you might have to be the bearer of bad news. At the same time, you must reassure your team everything’s going to be ok.
5. Communication is the Key
Do take care that your team isn’t overloaded but at the same time keep on communicating. How did you use to communicate before the crisis? Whatever it was, double that. Hold weekly meetings. Keep on sending reminders about cybersecurity. Have a contingency plan ready in case something goes wrong.
Regardless of the job level, every employee requires reliable updates. The more the merrier. Since we can’t catch up with our coworkers in the break room for tea or coffee, some of your members must be feeling disconnected.
To break this, pick 2 team members each week and call them for a chat chit. Don’t make it a communication about work, just small talk is enough. Or you may pick any topic like fitness apps and talk about which one’s the best. A small effort like this will make your team feel valued and cared for.
6. Promote Work-Life Balance
Along with workplace resilience, encourage your employees to work on personal resilience too. It can be best achieved by striving for a healthy work-life balance. Work from home has converted our 8 hours workday into 24 hours workday. This has already happened in many organizations. Make sure yours isn’t one of them.
Social distancing and rising cases of Coronavirus has already made many depressed. In stressful times like these, it’s more imperative than ever to strike a balance. Everyone needs a breather to bounce from stress and anxiety. Being available 24 hours a day can end the work-life balance.
Make sure your team follows an 8-hour workday shift only. It’s very important to take a break from work to be able to work with a fresh mind the next day.
7. Focus On Your Health
Resilience is not just about responding to stress. It’s also about building a strong mental strength. That won’t be possible if you do not take care of your health. Sitting on the couch in the living, sitting on the desk all day, lying in the bed to watch a movie or a show, and snacking at the same time has made us all dull.
Eating healthy food is not enough. Everyone needs to exercise. A good workout is a real stress buster. Plus, it will keep you active throughout the day.
Building resilience and making it a part of your company’s culture while everyone is doing remote work is not easy. As a leader, you can only do so much. Part of the responsibility lies on your team as well. By implementing these tips, a lot can be improved.