Effective Team Communication during Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unexpected setback to the whole world. Studies show that such a crisis where information is unavailable or inconsistent breeds uncertainty and emotional distress in people. This will then eventually lead to a desire for transparency and guidance.
As a leader, how you communicate with your team members can create clarity, build resilience, and catalyse positive change within your organisation.
Here are some developmental tips that you can do as a leader to effectively communicate to your team:
Make regular meetings
Now that you and your team members are working from home, it’s considerably harder to monitor their activities. The best way you check up on them and know what they’re up to is to schedule regular meetings. Depending on the agenda, you may have to schedule group as well as one-on-one meetings so as to cater the needs of everyone in your team. This way, you can make your team feel at ease knowing that you’re still actively leading them despite the circumstances. They’ll also appreciate that you’re making the effort to communicate with them. This then ensures increased productivity.
Use the right tools
There are many tools that you can use to make sure that you’re communicating with your team effectively. For example, our team uses Slack to have discussions about current and future projects, send and receive important files, or just talk to our fellow team members in real-time. Having the right tools that works best for your team will help you maintain an open communication with and still build an environment of trust.
Regularly communicate the company’s vision and goals
Now that your team is working separately, some members may lose the motivation to do their best in their work. Communicating the company’s vision and goals regularly will remind them of the purpose and importance of their job to the organisation. This will inspire them to do their best while working comfortably at their own homes.
Strengthening the communication between you and your team will help increase engagement, resulting in better team work and increased productivity. Don’t let the pandemic hinder you from having a great team. If you put in the work, you can be the best team that you possibly can be.
Communication is a competency of Emotional Intelligence.
At People Builders, we have a team of expert trainers and coaches who can help you and your team develop your Emotional Intelligence. Contact us today for a quick chat to see how we can partner with you to train and coach you and your team.