The coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the world in ways not seen in most of our lifetimes.
Social distancing and self-isolation has become the norm, with countries like Italy even under strict lockdown.
As many organisations allow employees to work from home, the question becomes:
How can I effectively manage staff from a distance?
One way to do that is by using surveys.
Using surveys to manage your employees when working from home
Surveys are a great way for capturing data and feedback en masse, making them perfect for use during these uncertain times.
It may not be practical for you to speak to every individual daily, whether that’s due to the nature of their job role or simply the number of employees in your team.
To build up a clear picture of how your employees are getting on, surveys are the perfect solution.
You can use surveys to gather feedback on:
Company property register
Example question: What items have you taken home from the office (such as laptops or chairs)?
Example question: Have you experienced any symptoms that indicate illness or infection?
Example questions: How is your mental health? Do you have any concerns about isolation when working from home?
Example questions: Is your home office set up comfortable? Do you require anything from the office to help you work?
Keep a record of the employees you correspond with each day
End-of-day report summary
Example questions: What work-based activities did you complete today? What activities did you work on but which are not yet complete?
Working from home risk assessments
Example question: Is your home environment safe to work in? Do you have sufficient light / heating / desk space?
Timesheets for starting and finishing work
Keeping a track of employee start and finish times will help your HR department run smoothly
This is all crucial information that you need to establish to ensure your employees are healthy, motivated and capable of doing their job remotely.
Daily report summaries and timesheets will keep you on track to meet deadlines and allow your HR department to accurately pay staff for the time they have worked.
We hope these tips help.
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