The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique crisis for businesses, separated people from their workplaces, co-workers, and familiar daily routines. Rhena Bunwaree, a media relations consultant, shares some tactics for leaders to create a positive work environment for their team.
During uncertain and fluid times, the need for strong, calm, trustworthy leadership is more important than ever. That’s why actively fostering a sense of inclusion at work is so critical right now. Here are a few valuable tips on building an excellent team environment:
Self-care should be a priority
The existing challenges of Covid lockdown, and virtual working have led to added stress, a drop in morale, and fragmented team cohesion, affecting work performance. Modern leaders need to be proactive when it comes to the mental health, wellbeing, and happiness of the workforce. They need to take active steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing, to be role models for others. The right mindset, commitment to listening, and a genuine desire to engage on a human level with others, bring positive change.
Create opportunities for fun at work
You read it right. Have fun. Work is not only about meeting targets. Celebrate meeting those targets and milestones. Fun activities can relieve stress and anxiety, create employee retention, and develop out-of-the-box thinking. Whether it’s a team lunch, friendly competitions, or a brief pause in the afternoon to tell stories and have a few laughs over topics that have nothing to do about work, sometimes we all need a break from the seriousness of the business.
Show gratitude to your employees
Leaders can have meaningful conversations by understanding what their employees are grateful for. Engaging with workers on topics important to them is a great way to show that they are cared about as individuals, not just staff. Leaders can also use this information to support their workers in finding the right work/life balance. For example, if you know that your employee values spending time with their family, consider how you can adjust their schedule from time to time to allow for this. While this may not always be possible, supporting your personnel in what is important to them will increase their gratitude for their leader and their job. Ask yourself if you know the three things your employees are most grateful for and whether or not that information is being used to its fullest effect.
Let the process begin!
Building a positive team culture is a complex process that requires a substantial effort from the leader. Go ahead and use these tips today to ensure that your team environment-building process goes smoothly and appropriately.