With many teams working remotely on both a temporary and permanent basis, it can be difficult to build team unity. When outside of the office, employees do not have the same opportunities to socialize and collaborate as they do when in an in-office setting. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t build unity, engagement, and purpose as a team.  By hosting team building activities that are well thought out, have a purpose, and are enjoyable, it can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in remote workers. It can boost engagement levels, strengthen communication, and remind employees of why they love their...

Video conference technology makes it easy for teams to work remotely, to limit travel, and to save time. However, for these virtual meetings to be productive, video conferencing etiquette must be followed by all participants.  Here are a few rules you should always follow for a successful virtual meeting. Be on Time Just like a typical, in-person meeting, it is important that you are punctual. Strive to sign in to your meeting three to five minutes before the scheduled time. If you do not feel confident with the technology you are using, log in even earlier to work out any tech issues...

In the past several months, virtual presentations have become the new normal. Unfortunately, many individuals are not familiar or comfortable with this technology, and giving a virtual presentation can send you into a bit of a frenzy. However, with the right presentation skills and a little know-how, you can maintain a captive audience, relay important information, and feel confident during these business meetings.  Here are five tips to help you give an incredible virtual presentation.  1. Watch the Time You do not want to spend all morning presenting on the computer. Research shows that during lectures or presentations with only one individual speaking,...

A crisis can happen to any company. It can occur at a moment’s notice or it may slowly arise with time. These situations may only affect your business or it may be a worldwide pandemic like COVID-19. Regardless of what the crisis may be, a leader must be ready to keep the company afloat and their employees engaged and worry-free.  Here are a few ways that leaders can remain strong during a crisis.  Make Decisions Quickly A strong leader cannot be an indecisive leader. During a crisis, the situation can change each day. For example, consider the COVID-19 pandemic. Within days, entire cities...

No matter if you live out of town or a company is trying to limit their staff’s exposure to the public, you may be asked to complete a telephone interview as you search for a new job. Unfortunately, telephone interviews can be nerve-wracking. You must make an impression on the interviewer and often, you have little time and are limited in how you can accomplish this task. Plus, small verbal mistakes, such as talking too fast, mumbling, or excessive rambling can drastically hurt your chances of landing the position.  To ensure your telephone job interview is a success, here are a...

When situations arise such as COVID-19, your company’s leave policy becomes one of the most important documents in your company. A leave policy is a set of rules, guidelines, and procedures that employees must follow to take time off of work. Creating these rules is no simple task and many factors must be considered. As you work on your company’s leave policy, here are four items you may want to include. Leave Considerations Your leave policy should let employees know under what conditions they can take time off of work without the time affecting their employment. This is not as simple...

As states are slowly opening up around the country, employees are beginning to leave their comfy home offices and head back to work. For many companies, face masks may be highly encouraged or even mandatory when at work. However, for face masks to be effective at limiting the spread of viruses, there are certain guidelines you need to follow.  Here are a few of the dos and don’ts for wearing a face-covering while in the workplace.  DO Provide Instructions or Training on How to Wear Face Masks It may seem silly but many individuals do not know how to properly wear a face...

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the workplace in many ways. Not only are new guidelines in place to keep yourself and your employees safe, but it has also caused many businesses to see a decrease in sales, temporarily shut down certain services, experience a reduction of in-person interaction with customers, etc. These changes may be causing yourself and other employees to twirl your thumbs and experience full moments of boredom.  However, it isn’t just COVID-19 that may be causing boredom at work. If you simply don’t have enough to do, you don’t love your job, or for a million other reasons,...

No matter if you are working from home due to the COVID-19 crisis or you’ve been working remotely long before the pandemic began, there are many benefits to working from home. For example, you don’t have a long commute to endure or the daily distractions from co-workers, and you can work in the comfiest chair in your house. However, maintaining a work/life balance when you don’t leave your house can be a challenge. When working remotely, it’s easy to work a little longer each day to get ahead or to slip into your home office just to check a few...

COVID19 has caused a dramatic increase in employee stress levels throughout the United States. According to a survey by Ginger, a leader in on-demand mental healthcare, the COVID crisis has caused more stress in employees than at any other time in their careers. According to the survey Approximately 88% of employees report experiencing moderate to extreme stress over the past four to six weeks.  Nearly 70% of employees claim this is the most stressful time they’ve experienced in their professional career and that includes major events such as the 2008 Great Recession and September 11.  Up to 43% of employees...