Remote, But Not Ready – 5 tips for business owners navigating our new normal

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Most if not all nonessential businesses have either closed completely or shifted to a remote model, putting employees and executives alike in a situation they probably never thought possible.  Employees are stressed about whether they’ll get their next paycheck. Business leaders are worried about being able to provide the same, but also about the general wellness of their workforce during this difficult time. Many know that employee stress can lead to employee disengagement, and employee disengagement to productivity and financial loss.  The good news is that there is a way for employers to stop that chain of events in its tracks – even in a virtual environment. It involves embracing the following five tips: 1. Over-Communicate There’s a lot that people don’t know right now, which is all the more reason why it pays for employers to more proactively find opportunities to reach out and talk to their employees. Frequent, transparent communication should be an organizational priority. This will help put employee minds at ease – especially if leaders set the precedent that communication is a two-way street and use anonymous and coworker reporting to allow employees to look out for each other – plus quickly squash rumors.  2. Pay Attention to What Your Employees Aren’t Telling You Nonverbal cues have always been important, but they are even more important in this environment. If, for instance, someone…

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