Seven Tips For Workplace Managers
Aug. 10, 2020
Once upon a time, you had a bustling office filled with dozens, maybe hundreds of employees…
To all the workplace managers who feel invisible,
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In many countries in Europe, companies are allowing their employees to return to work; however, to many other people, home office looks like a bleak reality for the foreseeable future. Workplace managers were essential before, but given the current state of global affairs, workplace managers have a responsibility and ability to improve the quality of life in the workplace like never before.
So how can you make people love you?
1. Check-in with your employees.
Whether your people are working from home or are back at the office, they will have their qualms. You’re their first point of help. Email them, call them, post updates in common chat rooms. Show them that you are there for them and that they can trust you.
2. Prepare your people for their First Day Back.
People are often scared of the unknown. Provide your employees with a clear action plan for return to work, both short term and long term. They will be hesitant, especially if the number of cases keeps rising in your city, and will want to be informed of the measures are you are taking to protect them.
3. Be decisive and make decisions, so they don’t have to.
Select which tables will available to be booked. That way, when your employees wake up in the morning, they can see not only what workspaces are available but also that they are socially distanced. They can get ready for work and do their work knowing their day just got a little easier.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of first impressions.
It’s great that you’ve blocked out the seats where your people can sit, but don’t forget about keeping them happy once they get there. People love visual affirmations, so seeing how you are keeping them safe is just as important. Keeping a bottle of disinfectant in every room is a good start, but if they see someone actually disinfect surfaces and common areas, they will feel even better.
5. Continue to be transparent.
Just because you know what’s going on around the office doesn’t mean your people do.
Make sure you regularly inform them of new policies or how the current measures are working. People love numbers.
6. Use data analytics to your advantage.
Show your people tangible results. People will be more likely to listen to you and trust you if they see that the current measures are working and are being actively implemented. Are you maintaining social distancing? Are people healthy? Make sure that you are all working in a healthy workplace. It’s also a good idea to keep yourself up to date with all the latest technology and trends in workplaces.
7. Interpersonal relations.
People need someone like you. They need someone who will be the first point of call, who can sort out issues, who will be there for them throughout this difficult time.
Take off your cloak of invisibility so that your people can finally see you for who you are.