Running a small business is always a call with its challenges. With the new dynamics of remote working, things can get more complicated, especially when you are managing employees. Suddenly, a team that is united with organization and discipline and working in the same direction sometimes feels rebellious, lackluster, and perhaps worried about the future. Here are some valuable ways you can easily add positivity and productivity to your day, even with the physical distance separating you.
Check with your employees regularly. Provide a sheet of hot paper each day with the most important tasks to be done. Schedule weekly or monthly team meetings and then stick to that schedule. Rather than being a burden, that regular rhythm of virtual messages and communications is a lifeline reminding your employees that you’ve invested in them and their success.
In the age of virtual and remote work, sometimes real gifts become heart gestures that almost replace your physical presence. Send a package of healthy snacks, motivational posters to hang in your work area, or birthday gifts. No matter what you want to ship, the UPS Store can help you with all your printing, packaging, and shipping needs.
Create a team newsletter
Print or digital, newsletters are a great way to keep your team up-to-date with important business and company culture news. You can write about your small business priorities, sales goals or results, and interesting facts like birthdays and weekdays. To get more engagement, ask a few members of your team to help with each problem to help build a sense of ownership.
Did someone say pet parade?
You may enjoy company events on holidays and birthdays before you start working remotely. So why stop now? You may need to take it more regularly to keep people motivated and to lighten the mood during stressful times. Virtual happy hours, bingo games, birthdays, and even pet parades are all the rage these days. Who wouldn’t take the opportunity to show their favorite furball on webcam?
Create inspiring moments
The risk of remote working is that we lose each other as a constant source of inspiration. Suddenly we miss the times when someone next to us urges us to act with a smart insight or words of positive encouragement. To compensate for the difference in distance, find ways to create a virtually inspiring moment. Hire motivational speakers. Register your team for virtual conferences. Host a brainstorming session for your small business.
Instead of treating these challenging times negatively, a change of perspective can sometimes open your eyes to opportunities rather than problems. We live in an age of extraordinary technology. You have the opportunity to open up new ways of working that can impact entire generations. Think of yourself as an innovator. Use this remote working time to experiment with new ideas for managing your small business. And who knows? You can use a more permanent virtual fingerprint in the future if you find that it has more advantages than negatives.