Your business rivals are not your only contenders during these trying times. The current crisis is another obstacle that’s stopping you from achieving greater business success. It continues to test your company’s resilience, your employee’s dedication, and your leadership.
Many leaders failed to take control after the crisis hit most industries. While some are quick to draft and put their plans to action, others had a hard time coping. It is not enough that you follow the new health and safety regulations recommended by experts just to ensure your business will continue to thrive.
Now is the time to show your staff that they have great leaders they can depend on. But how can you show your effectiveness as a leader during the pandemic?
Model Self-Care as a Priority
Business leaders should prioritize self-care. They work longer hours than their employees and skip meals just to finish their tasks. They are quick to cancel their plans even if their staffs are perfectly capable of resolving a minor issue.
Leaders should be role models to their subordinates. This does not only pertain to your work ethics, how you handle issues, and how you maintain productivity. You should also model self-care and promote self-love.
Your staff can’t afford to lose their leader now, and you can’t afford to lose your best talents during the pandemic. One way you can do this is by prioritizing your health and letting your employees do the same. They,too, have their own fears and motivations, and the least you can do is to force them to forget about themselves so that you can continue with business as usual.
While you’re showing your employees the importance of self-care, make sure to sharpen yourEQ too. You should be able to recognize not just your own struggles, but your employees’ too. They deserve moreasthey are working hard to stay employed and continue helping your company cater to your customers even in the middle of a crisis.
Host a Safe Team Building Event
Team buildingmatters as it can help you build a corporate culture within your organization. It can help your employees get to know each other, learn how to work together to achieve a common goal, and boost your production. But how can you go on a team-building event when there is an ongoing pandemic?
In the past,team buildingoften involves fun, real-life activities hosted outdoors. During the day, we engage in numerous activities that will break the ice and tests each members’ skills, fast decision-making, and teamwork. At night, everyone would gather around an outdoor heating fire pit, open up, talk about their struggles at home and at work, or simply enjoy each other’s company.
But with the pandemic, we need to think of other ways to host a safe team building activity. For one, you can opt for virtual team building activities. Since we are social distancing, we can go for short virtual mindfulness sessions where everyone on the team can connect on a more intimate level.
Other companies would have liveQ&Awith the company leaders each month. Everyone would join a virtual meeting where they can share ideas and answer questions thrown at the leaders. This helps employees get to know their leaders outside of the workplace.
Focus on Correcting Missteps Instead of Playing the Blaming Game
There will be times when no matter how hard you try, issues arise and will challenge you and your team’s resilience. Many would fall for the trap and start looking for the person to blame. But instead of playing the blame game, choose to be productive and focus on resolving the problem instead.
There is no point in wasting time on things that happened in the past. What is important is you keep your eye on your goal and resolve the issue asap. Identifying who made the mistake is still important, but you are better off teaching them how to avoid this in the future instead.
Listen to your employees, ask for their feedback and ideas and acknowledge the good ones. Orient them with better problem-solving techniques and inspire them to work harder and more efficiently. Focus on looking for the solution more than searching for the culprit.
Being a leader comes with perks. But such a position involves more than just knowing how to make your subordinates follow. It is also your responsibility to keep things in order and ensure your team’s productivity even in the middle of a world health crisis. Now is the time to show your staff got a leader they can trust and rely on. Step up your leadership game and show them that they have a good and effective leader mid-pandemic.