Many of us are working from home during this coronavirus pandemic.
However, these are NOT normal work from home circumstances — and we shouldn’t treat them as such.
Under normal circumstances, the rest of our families would be at their work, school, etc. Our wifi wouldn’t be strained. We wouldn’t feel so stressed and out of sorts … Being productive and innovative during this time is a lot to ask of even the very best employee that you have.
Still many leaders are judging the remote work being done in this moment as the litmus test for the viability of remote work in their organization. This is very short-sighted. What’s happening in our world and in the world of remote work right now isn’t normal and we shouldn’t evaluate it as such.
This isn’t how real remote work should be designed. Judging this moment as the success template for whether remote work is a viable option for your organization is just NOT smart.
If you really want to see if remote work can be a viable option for your company, you have to commit to it fully. You have to normalize it!
What does that mean?
I know permanent remote work cannot work for every person, every role, and every organization. But it can work more often than we care to admit if we give it a fair chance.
Evaluating its viability based on productivity outputs during a pandemic is not even close to giving it a fair chance.
Right now, while our employees are working from home during this pandemic, we need to show as much grace and kindness to them as possible. We need to let them know that we recognize these are not normal times or circumstance. We need to let them know that we don’t expect their outputs to be the same. We need to give them permission to take time away as needed to spend with their families and to care for their total health & wellness, whatever that looks like for them.
What we also need to be focused on during these times is making remote work fun for our employees to lessen some of the negative mental health effects that come from prolonged isolation and extensive periods of living in uncertainty. I’m providing a freebie to my BuzzARooney community just that! Go HERE to sign up & get yours!
There is no way to normalize working during a pandemic. There is no way to effectively set or evaluate productivity and outputs during a pandemic. We should stop trying.
What we should do instead is take a real look at remote work as a sustainable solution to advance modern workplaces, recruit top diverse talent, and cultivate inclusive culture. Those are definitely worth normalizing.