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As we look at a continued situation in which lockdowns and remote working are the new normal, it becomes more important than ever to keep your team connected. This means keeping them connected to one another as well as strengthening the bond you have with each of them. The following suggestions can help you create deeper connections no matter how geographically distanced you are from your team.
Emphasize Open Communication
In the office, your team could pop in on each other throughout the day or stop by your office with a question or concern. None of that is possible in a work-from-home situation, and it can feel like more of a bother to message someone with a random question. Yet, this is precisely what you should encourage. Be sure to schedule weekly meetings for your team via video conferences. This will help everyone meet up and see each other while also providing an opportunity to share updates.
Make it Personal
During your team meetings, you should set aside time for a personal chat at the beginning of each video conference. You can ask each team member about their weekend or any achievements they’re proud to share. This will help each team member feel more valued, but it will also help everyone stay connected. Since they can’t gather around the water cooler to gossip, this is an opportunity to share the things that matter to them.
Create New Traditions
Even in lockdown, you can create new traditions that are designed to uplift the team spirit. You can host after-hours chat sessions, which your team can use to socialize and play games. For these chats, the discussion of work-related topics should be strictly off-limits. If outdoor weather permits, consider bringing back the company picnic or host a barbecue for your team on the weekends. Safe social gatherings will help you bring your team back together, especially after an extended period spent apart from one another.
These suggestions will do more for your team than just keep everyone connected. When compelled to work from home, many professionals feel disconnected from themselves and face emotional health problems as a result. In addition to helping maintain team efficiency, these practices can also help you ensure your team members remain emotionally healthy.
A strong company requires a good leader. While the qualities of good leadership vary, you should always keep up with the ever-shifting world of management. It gives you the foresight to predict where to take your company next.
We watch companies fail and flourish. While not all failures are the fault of the manager, they can do much to strengthen their team by taking advice from the right people–and reading the right magazines.
The following publications on management are widely accepted as authoritative. If you want to start a new project with your team, or simply want to brush up on your leadership skills, try one of these.
After a century of popular distribution, Forbes enjoys a trustworthy audience each month. It covers topics from business to opinion and offers something for any phase of the leadership career.
Leadership & Change Magazine
Leadership & Change Magazine writes articles for everyone, whether you are a manager or consultant. This helps you have a thorough view of the business world and different viewpoints in it.
Entrepreneur has a special focus on small businesses. It also offers advice on matters such as management tips and workplace trends. You’ll always have an idea on how to move forward if you pay attention to Entrepreneur.
Harvard Business Review
A long-respected source of advice in the business world, turn to Harvard Business Review for invaluable advice on personal and team growth as well as successfully reaching a goal. You’ll hear from famous leaders and developers who have dealt with your struggles and won.
Every great career produces successful voices to pass advice onto the next generation. Magazine articles and advice might seem like simple ten-minute reads, but what you’re getting are tips for success. Read these periodicals if you want to become a more confident manager now.
Except for those who act to combat it, burnout is something everyone in every line of luck will suffer at one time or another. It’s easy to assume leaders don’t suffer burnout, but they are susceptible to the condition more often than their own team members may realize. If you are a leader, following these suggestions can help you avoid burnout in your career.
Find a Worthwhile Career
If you don’t have a passion for the organization’s products or commercial field, you will quickly burn out in your new leadership position. Once you have managerial experience, you should start considering what industries do interest you. Moving into a field that you find intriguing will help you maintain a passion for your leadership role.
Develop a Friendship
As a leader, you can’t really develop truly great friendships with everyone on your team since that could compromise your ability to lead. However, you should develop a good friendship with at least one person in your organization. This will give you a companion who will understand you when you need to air out your work-related frustrations. That’s a great way to reduce stress and avoid burning out.
Disconnect From Your Job
If you’re spending your off hours responding to work-related messages or worrying about the next day’s challenges, you’re never really leaving work. Instead, look for ways to relax and free your thoughts. This should include getting a minimum of one hour of moderate to high-intensity exercise each day. Additionally, meditate, work on a puzzle, play a game, or socialize with friends.
Consider Professional Help
If you feel overly stressed about work, it may help to talk to a therapist. Professional mental health caregivers know more ways to relax the mind and alleviate stress. Seeing a therapist on a regular basis can also give you a safe environment for sharing your feelings and thoughts about your career, employer, and team members.
As a general rule, taking time for yourself and looking for ways to make your job more exciting will help you avoid burnout. In addition to the suggestions offered here, try other ways to combat burnout as a leader. If you can maintain a positive and refreshing attitude towards your duties, your positive demeanor will influence your team’s morale and productivity.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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