It has been almost 18 months since the country went into the first national lockdown due to Covid-19. Even with several variants still out there, the Government have announced it’s time to get back to work and try to resume some sort of normality. However, we appreciate it is not that simple for many business owners. Getting staff back into work isn’t necessarily straight forward for a variety of reasons.
If you are an employer who has managed to get some or all of your staff back to work, it is certainly an achievement. Moving forward, we touch on aspects of performance management and any potential remote working challenges.
It is worth noting that it is very possible that some staff may not be as productive as they were before the pandemic outbreak. Some of your team may feel isolated or unable to focus. The best managers are able to see when a team member might be struggling and they’re able to offer advice or support without being intrusive.
As and when performance management is required, you may find this will be a challenge for some employees. Remember that managing performance is an ongoing continuous process. It’s not something you do once, and then stop. Discussing performance is not just about delivering feedback on how someone is doing; it also means catching them doing something right so that they can celebrate their successes along the way.
Whilst remote work has its challenges, there are benefits that outweigh the difficulties. For one, remote workers are quite likely to be more engaged than in-office staff due to the autonomy they have over their schedules and locations of where they work from day to day. In these cases, we would advise to encourage and reward remote working, in order to potentially prevent future challenges.
If you do have staff who are working remotely, your ability as a manager to monitor progress or activities remotely could be affected. You may need to rethink how you handle performance management cases.
We at Add HR can help you find solutions to help solve these problems and what their effects are on you, your business and your staff. If you think your business could benefit from sound practical HR advice on managing performance of other work related issues, please get in touch – we are here to help to rebuild your workforce.