No two companies are the same, and this has never been more evident than it is now, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Some organizations are working completely online. But other businesses have had to assemble hybrid teams, a work option that poses some unique challenges.
Empathy is the bedrock of great leadership, especially under stressful circumstances. Don’t forget that the members of your team are under more pressure than usual. This calls for a more flexible approach that privileges adaptability.
Treat Everyone Equally
Working with a hybrid team creates situations where misunderstandings can easily arise. Team members working from home may feel excluded or may fear that they are not seen as dedicated as their colleagues working from the office. Avoid this pitfall by going out of your way to treat everyone equally and making sure everyone feels appreciated.
Watch for Signs of Burnout
Under the current circumstances, burnout is becoming increasingly common. Watch for signs of burnout in your team and address the problem to find solutions. Some signs of burnout include:
- Loss of appetite
If after a conversation with them you determine that a member of your team suffers burnout, you may suggest solutions such as seeking support, trying a relaxing activity, or taking some extra time off.
Take Care of Yourself
Needless to say, being empathetic, finding a way to treat everyone equally, and taking care of others is no small feat. All those tasks require a good amount of mental and emotional strength, so you must make sure to take care of yourself and replenish your energy. These are some options you may consider:
- Exercising regularly
- Talking to loved ones and friends
- Engaging in healthy activities that take your mind off your everyday thoughts
- Get enough sleep
- Go early to bed and treat yourself to an extra hour of sleep
Get More Leadership Tips
Read these previous posts for more tips on how to manage your team.
- Want to Become a Better Leader? Work on Your Self-Awareness.
- Time Management: 3 Essential Skills.
- How to Overcome “Analysis Paralysis.”
- What Is Groupthink and Why Is It Bad for Your Business?
- How to Manage Frustration in the Virtual Workplace
- How to Give Feedback When Working Remotely.
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