COVID-19 Leadership and Management
Promoting Remote Working: A Bridge to Success for Managers?
by Carlos A. Vázquez   |   June 10, 2020   |     6 min read
  • Anecdotes and myths from corporate gurus and leadership icons prescribing sharp strategies and techniques as wizardry potions for managers to effectively harness the best out of their workforces have continued to be ascribed as success-mantras by willing managers, VPs and directors for ages now.
  • Structuring teams with personnel having diverse skills of all trades, setting the most suitable work-culture at the workplace, providing precisely the right scale of perks to employees and other official choices all come together in contributing to the decision whether a person-in-charge of people can ever be named as a successful and effective manager.
  • Given the previous, adoption of appropriate attitudes by executive officers, directors, managers, VPs, and C-Level professionals, their critical role in keeping their staff in accord with the common objectives and upcoming deadlines is key to achieving eventual business success.
  • In times when the entire team is scattered around the place away in their homes, managers constituting the tier closest to the employees are responsible for keeping demonstrate effective managerial skills to keep works in synchronization with the business objectives.
  • The solution again lies into good managerial acumen and skills, demonstrated by periodical sessions, either one-on-one or in the form of collective gathering rooms, for employees conducted by managers, briefly highlighting the overall contributions made to the eventual delivery of success from each segment of the company.

 

Anecdotes and myths from corporate gurus and leadership icons prescribing sharp strategies and techniques as wizardry potions for managers to effectively harness the best out of their workforces have continued to be ascribed as success-mantras by willing managers, VPs and directors for ages now. 

Structuring teams with personnel having diverse skills of all trades, setting the most suitable work-culture at the workplace, providing precisely the right scale of perks to employees and other official choices all come together in contributing to the decision whether a person-in-charge of people can ever be named as a successful and effective manager. 

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While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has wholly overturned the global economic and commercial dynamics, the ensuing governmental and private sector policies have also seen significant shifts in the industrial space. One of the significant transformations witnessed pertained to overnight and outright surrender of conventional working culture, categorically, the course of working mandatorily from office. Such a change, among other things, in the work methodology and organizational arrangements call for a significant revamping of managerial attitudes towards how work should now ideally be done, mainly due to social distancing regulations.  

 Where in the past, speculations were made predicting 30 percent of the workforce to be employed as freelancers, outsourced personnel, and remote workers by 2020, the pandemic situation has augmented this proportion to soaring numbers. 

With more and more people now telecommuting, the exposure to telecommuting benefits and increased productivity has far resulted in its acknowledgment and acceptance. 

Considering all such benefits of remote-working for employees, including reduced stress levels, no transport hassles, and flexible working patterns, all the while, corporations are now faced with the need to consider the adoption of permanent work-from-home policies owing to its benefits for the businesses themselves. Directors, VPs, managers, and decision-makers are confronted with a pressing need to depart from conventional office-working environments. At the same time, the right decision to implement such departure immediately is even seen as an essential factor ensuring the overall success of the future’s leading business models.  

Essential synchronization of business operations with objectives 

Given the previous, adoption of appropriate attitudes by executive officers, directors, managers, VPs, and C-Level professionals, their critical role in keeping their staff in accord with the common objectives and upcoming deadlines is key to achieving eventual business success. 

In times when the entire team is scattered around the place away in their homes, managers constituting the tier closest to the employees are responsible for keeping demonstrate effective managerial skills to keep works in synchronization with the business objectives. Managers must keep all employees in line and coordinate with each other to promote their teams’ distanced synergy for tasks involving effective teamwork. 

This tends to make use of two-way communications to make employees keep their colleagues, and the supervisors informed as to the progress achieved with persistence. Periodic follow-ups and taking regular updates from teams initially may help inculcate the habit of timely reporting amongst the employees. Still, they should not become intrusive enough for employees to get annoyed by their managers. 

Smart ways to carry out such exercises may include:

  • Making use of modern platforms for enterprise planning.
  • Team coordination and project status tracking. 
  • Allowing teams to share their contributions and updates on individual projects with others conveniently. 

 Maintaining employee motivation 

Telecommuting, while offering distanced coordination of employees with their colleagues and the upper-tier personnel in their organizational hierarchy, also poses risks of plunging motivation amongst employees if they feel left out from the organization at first, or from their professional fraternity to a more serious extent. 

Although remote working may even have opposite and bipartite effects on employees, where individual members might be satisfied with decreased correspondence and interaction with their peers, many are likely to suffer frustration due to such isolation. 

The solution again lies into good managerial acumen and skills, demonstrated by periodical sessions, either one-on-one or in the form of collective gathering rooms, for employees conducted by managers, briefly highlighting the overall contributions made to the eventual delivery of success from each segment of the company. 

Making use of worthwhile leadership techniques 

Furthermore, it can be predicted that effective management soon must boast democratic leadership as an essential feature of the core. The rationale for such a possibility lies in the historical leadership theories and the role of effective leadership in boosting employee motivation. As discussed, remote working is likely to frustrate a massive chunk of your company’s workforce, individuals from which may direly be keen to contribute to the governance of their respective teams by way of specific changes suggested improving their working patterns. In these scenarios, if a manager, with no respect towards paying heed to consider employees’ grievances, continues to impose unilateral directions upon his subordinates, his survival as an obeyed senior will most likely plummet to the bottom of the trajectory. Making use of a democratic path takes into account employees’ recommendations, is even currently, and in the future, too may turn out to be the most plausible approach to leadership for successful management. 

 Such measures indeed call for managers to put in exertion that is over and above the usual level, demanding strong dedication and patience towards managing their teams in line with the company policies and requiring the development of profound personal relations with their peers to maintain optimal employee motivation levels. 

All of these insightful skills, if utilized with acuity, will primarily ensure distinguished management of the then transformed corporate space, and will consequently result in eventual business success owing to such efficacious management. For the said reasons which significantly impact a business’s essential survival and its subsequent growth, managers and directors must adopt the new viable transformations and get used to the novel methodologies of remote-working for the greater good. 

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