Office Etiquette Within a Changing Landscape
Written by broadstreet on January 12, 2022
Since the pandemic brought the world to a grinding halt, managers and owners have noticed many areas of the professional world that need improvement — the most significant of which being remote business practices and how to be a team player.
This makes it a wonderful time for employees to test out innovative workplace practices, such as hybrid work schedules where employees are only required to work in the office for a few days a week (as opposed to being required to be on-site five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Many employers are starting to make updates to their management styles by upgrading their communication methods through digital automation tools and moving employee health to the top of the company to-do list with regular and frequent check-ins on team well-being.
Some companies are even making changes to their office environments, such as redesigning their office space into open office, open break room, and open conference room designs to help improve workspaces for their team. Open office environments are great for increasing face-to-face interactions among team members and for revitalizing the professional image of your in-office common areas.
Now that many businesses have to account for new types of employment standards, including hybrid workers and larger remote teams, it is essential to prioritize communication. Even if you still have staff members working in the office right across the hall from you, as a general rule, efficient and healthy communication is always essential for any team.
Make sure that your team is regularly available for communication, whether that be through an online messaging platform like Slack or by scheduling weekly Zoom video chats to connect your remote team with one another despite flexible and changing schedules. Simple changes like these will keep your team happy, improve efficiency across your staff, and increase the productivity of your team to generate additional revenue for your business.
Establish Healthy and Trusting Boundaries
If remote work or hybrid work are both new concepts to you or your managerial staff, it could be difficult to navigate the best practices for managing your team. Some managers and small business owners might have a tendency to “helicopter,” or micromanage, their employees. This is a common tendency for managers who are unfamiliar with remote work environments.
It might seem a bit foreign to avoid looking over your shoulder to make sure your staff is doing the work they are supposed to be doing — and that they are doing so correctly. This tendency can actually be counterproductive in many ways and is a huge hindrance to the success of your small business. Th
Be Mindful of Employee Mental Health
It is often easy to overlook the “human” component of your workforce. It is fairly common for managers and business owners alike to brush aside the mental health of their team members. If any good has come from the global pandemic, workplace mental health has resurfaced to become a common topic of discussion in the office, virtual or otherwise. To ensure you have a team of happy and healthy employees, make an effort to be cognizant of their mental health. Virtual employees can struggle with establishing healthy work-life boundaries, so it is often beneficial to incorporate this into your company etiquette practices. The personal life of your staff is important to keep in mind when developing a good work etiquette for your team and company.
Written by Regina