4 ways to help employees work smarter, not harder
With the holiday season fast approaching and workplace burnout on the rise, getting employees to stay productive and focused on work is a huge challenge for managers this year.
“Everything is happening in our homes — employees are monitoring their children, doing their day jobs and taking care of the cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping,” says Carson Tate, founder of Working Simply, a workplace productivity consulting firm. “That takes a toll, and it's very difficult to consistently show up as your best self when you feel pulled in multiple directions and don't feel like you have the support to concentrate.”
To help employees move toward more focused and productive work, Tate suggests managers reassess traditional workplace practices like unscheduled meetings and last-minute deadlines, and create a more communicative environment for employees to express their goals.
“Get really clear with yourself and also with your team around what constitutes good enough. Now is not the time for the perfectionist to kick in,” Tate says. “My hope is that the pandemic will be a wonderful forcing agent. Finally, we will start to equate work to results versus busy work that we do to fill hours or make ourselves feel needed.”
Tate shared four ways employers can help their teams work smarter and not harder to navigate life during COVID-19.