The future of work is here today and it’s going to take some time for all of us to catch up and master it. Now more than ever we need to support our teams to be healthy, connected and productive.
To help you, we are sharing our way of working. It’s a practical schedule to support your transition to your own new ways of working while maintaining high performance.
Connect with your team every morning (using your VC technology) first thing to check-in on current work and priorities for the day. The key topics of conversation are:
Unity Tip #1 Ditch emails and minimise phone calls
It’s hard to build emotional connection over email or on the phone. In lieu of face to face communication, video conferencing is the way to build a sense of social connection while in isolation. Always VC first, call second, text third and email fourth.
Try sharing a meal over lunchtime with your team. Most people will miss the incidental relationship building that happens in a workplace.
Unity Tip #2 Just say hi
Got a spare 15 minutes? VC a colleague who you haven’t spoken to for a while to check in. They will appreciate it and you will feel better for it as well.
The end of the day check-in is critical to help your team put an end to the workday. The aim of this meeting is to check in on progress and celebrate achievements. Key agenda points are:
Unity Tip #3: Choose your channels wisely
Be careful not to dilute your communications channels. In an isolated world we are at risk of being inundated with technology and communications. Be clear about what each channel is used for, we apply the following:
Unity Tip #4: 5.30pm onwards – keep it social
Celebration is key, make sure that you have virtual work drinks at least once a week to reflect on your successes, failures and experiences. Humans are social animals and recognition is the cheapest and most effective motivator.
Unity Tip #5: Try new things and keep it fun
In uncertain times, some people may naturally recoil, but it’s important that we maintain high spirits both as individuals and as a team.
Unity Tip #6: Lead with communication
It’s important that leaders communicate clearly and regularly. This is so important when the rest of the world might seem unclear and rudderless.
We’d be happy to share more about our new ways of working and what we’re currently testing out at We Are Unity so get in touch with us on email at email@example.com. We’d also love to know what’s working for you and your organisation so please share your tips and ideas with us too.
April 6, 2020, We Are Unity