Labor Day was, and is, our government’s way of saying “Thank You” to the people who keep the economy running, the laborers and employees who do the actual work. Many of us enjoy the extended weekend at the beginning of September while still receiving pay for the holiday. But the idea of thanking employees for their efforts, through perks, bonuses, and awards has a far greater impact on business success than this one weekend a year. In fact, such strategic recognition helps employees feel appreciated, remain engaged, become invested in the company’s goals.
Because of the current pandemic, many of us have made a rather quick transition to remote working. But there are still many unanswered questions. Will this be a passing trend? Or will we continue to depend on home offices in the future? Is the traditional office really going to become obsolete?
Employee engagement creates the right conditions for all members of an organization to give of their best each day, commit to their organization’s goals, and contribute to the organization. Engagement, based on trust and integrity, is a two-way commitment between an organization and its members. And it increases the chances of business success. But what does employee engagement mean for you, as the employee?
It’s safe to say that there are very few companies who predicted they’d be going fully remote in 2020. The widespread response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has meant companies have had to adapt their operations to maintain business continuity. This has involved transitioning employees out of physical offices and into new virtual workspaces in what some have called the remote work experiment. And so far, the experiment has been a success.
Well, we’re still here… working from home. And with new cases spiking across the United States, it doesn’t look like we’ll be going back to the office anytime soon. After four months of this, you may find it difficult to get things done. Perhaps you’ve developed some bad habits and less than optimal routines. Now is as good a time as any for a refresher course in how to stay productive while working from home.
As a new month begins, we enter the second half of 2020 continuing to struggle with the economic and societal effects of a global pandemic. Covid-19 is wearing on us, whether we have contracted the virus or not. Inundated daily by news of the political indecision, social controversy, and still rising infection rates, many of us are simply exhausted by this new reality. But perhaps most of all, we want to go back to work. The question, at this point some five months in, is how realistic is that goal?