Oxygen masks first – Twelve ideas for remote management self care.
As we move forward, it’s evident that we are entering a new phase of remote working. Almost everyone we speak to is expecting the world of work to have permanently changed as a result of the (forced) experiment of the past year.
In short, we are in this remote working thing for the long term, which means that everyone needs to stop and recalibrate what’s working for them and importantly what’s not!
In our effective remote management phase 2 series, as are focusing on a number of new areas that managers need to stay abreast of.
So would you turn up at a meeting with a paper bag over your head?
In this weeks blog I’m going to address the thorny issue of not using cams when remote working. It seems to be a growing trend that in some organisations not using your cam is considered OK or even encouraged. I’ve recently even heard the phrase ‘cam fatigue’ being used.
What does it mean to be resilient?
Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. In a recent episode of our podcast, Squeeze, we focused on Lucy Hone; an expert in resilience. Her Ted Talk on this topic is well worth a watch.
How to Conduct a Video Interview
Video interviews have become a necessity for businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the realities of lockdown and social distancing. Companies are still having to hire staff and continue moving onwards, and with in-person interviews being an unnecessary risk, interviews are more easily carried out remote using video calling software.
The Most Important Lesson Ever About Managing Remote Workers
Remote working has been growing in popularity for many years. It’s easy to understand why; it’s extremely popular with staff (some surveys have suggested that as many as 51% of on-site workers would like the opportunity to work remotely) and it can have a wide range benefits and advantages for employers, including reducing costs and increasing productivity.
Get the most out of your Webcam
Whether you love it or hate it, video conferencing is the new normal, and it’s here to stay. For team meetings and catchups we can be content to use our in built webcams, but what about important presentations, sales meetings, or coaching sessions? There are times when we want to make a little more of an impression, and in this blog I will outline a few simple techniques and principals to help you add a touch of class to your zoom-pearance… (that’s zoom and appearance stapled together!), and get the most out of your webcam.
Time for adjustments to the new normal?
This week the UK Prime-minister has hinted that the current restrictions are likely to be in place for a further 6 months. Many organisations are suggesting that they are unlikely to return to the same ways of working post covid, so there is definitely a new normal.
Just these two words together should raise the alarm bells! What good leader ever distances themselves from their followers? To lead people, we need to be visible, present and accessible. So even the idea of distance leadership feels uncomfortable when we look at the typical recommendations for physically present leaders.
Becoming an Intrepreneur
Many organisations are exploring what it might be to have staff that behave like entrepreneurs. Some are calling this Intrepreneurship. It is a topic that feels more at home in corporates, now so many of us are remote working, literally from home! This may be due to the ‘lone worker’ stereotype of the entrepreneur setting out on their own.
Managing stress: Returning to a post COVID workplace
With the continued slow progression toward normality, many of us are now returning to a post COVID workplace. Some people feel excited to return to comfortable routines, others are tentative about the prospect, others still are downright fearful. And COVID related health concerns are not the only stressor at work.