The first order of business for you and the company is to remain calm. If you do not remain calm and instead instill a state of panic amongst your business, you will not see the results that you desire. States of panic can cause you, as well as team members, to make rash decisions that will potentially damage future operations. Instead, make a note to set aside an allotted amount of time to brainstorm about how the pandemic is going to affect your business and steps that you can take in order to help your business whether the storm effectively. During this time, it may be helpful to have more minds than one brainstorming ideas to further help develop a plan.
In order to help your team members and in-house staff remain calm, you will need to provide your employees with a sense of security and normalcy. Depending on your business, this could mean a variety of different things. For instance, you may decide to call your employees in a meeting. You may discuss with them what the future looks like for the business and how your team is handling the next steps. It will be difficult for your team to remain calm if they are unsure of the future.
To better help your business and help manage your team members, you will need to draw up a plan. This could be done with the help of some of the in-house staff members or it could be drawn up exclusively by you. A well laid out plan will help to promote a sense of ease with the workplace and provide your employees with a foundation. A plan may outline which day the team will begin working remotely, as well as any equipment the team members may need. This plan may also touch on benefits, as well as pay for the remote working employees. You will want to create a plan on how your team members will communicate with each other, as well as do their jobs effectively while working remotely. Without a plan, your remote team will not feel organized and they may not know how to move on with the next steps.
Keep Team Members Informed and Connected
Even once your team has begun working remotely, you will want to remain in contact with your team members. In order to keep your business running effectively, you will need to make sure that your team has access to proper information, resources, and guidelines. These resources may entail important documentation that is relevant to the operations of the company or an emergency protocol. This is especially true if your business relies on communication between your team members with each other. You will want to ensure that you have these measures set up beforehand, so that they are ready for when your team makes the leap to working remotely.
Now, more than ever, how you are spending your time as a business owner is important. Making the switch from in-house staff to remote workers can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. How you handle these next couple of decisions could help to make or break your business, as well as how your team members are managing the situation. Spending the majority of your time making this switch and making sure everything is set up can set back your business in other ways, such as finding and maintaining leads.
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