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How to be a good remote leader during a pandemic

During an uncertain and difficult time for many businesses and individuals, there has never been a more crucial time or need for strong leaders.

With the rise of remote working and a change in routine, many leaders are now stepping into unchartered territory which they must navigate in order to drive their team forward. When it comes to virtual management, one size does not fit all and so we must adapt to support workers in the right way.

Here are some quick wins to get you started and to help you be a strong leader.

Identify employees that may need additional support

Every business is full of different personality and working types, so through lockdown and self-isolation, it is time for you as a leader to identify those employees and personality groups that may need some support.

Whilst you should check in on all staff members regularly, some employees are more prone to burnout, distraction or high-stress than others. Work-life conflict will be at an all-time high during lockdown situations, so helping your employees to separate the two is important.

In some cases, to allow employees to switch off from their regular workload you might consider offering access to online courses as well as therapy sessions or peer mentoring.

Be aware of the fear of change

Some people prefer stability, and this is a fact. Some people even thrive on it and the consistency it brings with it. As a result, the fear of change is is a very real thing and something that you should be conscious of.

At times like these, the uncertainty of the unknown being combined with a change in routine can really set people off.  To counter this, try to keep your team constantly in the loop and express how working from home is benefiting employees and the business as a whole.

Communication is key at all levels

As we move further into lockdown, people are going to start getting a bit fidgety and missing the human connection that you get when you are in the office. This is particularly the case for those that are extroverts and crave human attention and communication.

During this time, it’s important for you as a leader to stress the importance of communication between employees regardless of what position they hold. Encourage team lunches, chatting over coffee and regular meetings over video conference.

Whilst this doesn’t quite make up for the real thing, having informal chats as well as formal meetings where you can see people’s faces will make all the difference to everyone’s morale. Seeing another friendly face can help people get through the day and feel a little less alone or isolated.

In the meantime, why not have a think about some fun team activities that you can get up to once the pandemic has passed us by. You can find out more on our Team Building Events page.