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Keeping your team connected during trying times

Keeping your team connected during trying times

Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean relationships aren’t still important. Now more than ever, we have a need to stay connected, be supportive and improve our lines of communication. With current events as uncertain as they are, it is understandable if we are all feeling a bit more stress than usual. Stress can lead to difficulties with relationships, keeping your team on track and adjusting to the new demands of meeting deadlines while working from home. Stress is a natural reaction, especially right now. Unfortunately, it is often compounded by feelings of isolation, fear, and uncertainty. As team leaders, we must listen to the concerns of our teams and address them to the best of our ability. Being present and accountable during this time is crucial for our team's overall morale and sense of well being. If your team is feeling out of sorts or you’re not sure how they are feeling it is essential to open up the lines of communication and check-in.

How is your team feeling?

We know that stress can hinder relationships, we also know it can affect team performance, but did you know that stress also plays an important role in keeping your team healthy? While it certainly isn’t a cure, reducing stress can help improve both their mental and physical sense of well being. If you’re not exactly sure how your team is feeling given today’s climate, now might not be a bad time to check-in. 

Lending your support during times of difficulty and uncertainty can go a long way toward building the structure and confidence that your team might feel is missing as they attempt to transition from the office to working at home. For many teams, working from home may feel a bit outside their comfort zone. Navigating that transition can be difficult if they do not know what to expect. The more we can do to reassure them and help them with this transition, the more we can help mitigate the stress that comes along with it. Providing even a small amount of relief from an otherwise stressful time will go a long way. Of course, as team leaders, we may not have all the answers, but that doesn’t mean we should shrink away from our responsibilities and avoid discussing the difficult topics at hand. In fact, in most cases, quite the opposite is true.

  • How are you helping your team deal with the transition? 
  • What are you doing to open the lines of communication between you and your team members? 
  • What concerns have your teams voiced, and how did you as a group plan to resolve them? 

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