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Telecommuting has practically become the norm in the post-COVID world, but while this has arguably made things easier for employers and employees alike, it hasn’t completely eliminated workplace conflict. Granted, it has arguably cut down on it since many workers aren’t sharing the same space anymore, but there will always be the possibility of conflict whenever people need to work together, even if they don’t technically see each other. To make matters worse, telecommuting may make it less likely that management will be able to notice any conflict among their employees.
Whether you still manage employees on-site at your job or you communicate with them remotely, you will have to contend with workplace conflict. Here is what you can do when it happens with your remote employees.
When you have to manage remote employees, you also need to reach out to them regularly. This not only allows you to address any questions or concerns that they may have, but it gives them the chance to inform you of any conflicts they have with their coworkers. You don’t need to check in with your employees constantly, but a weekly email or phone call will suffice.
If you think there is any conflict among your employees that is affecting their job performance, contact them privately to find out if there is indeed a problem. Don’t be accusatory with your tone though; at this point, you’re simply reaching out and trying to smooth over any issues that might be present. Most of these cases come down to poor communication or a misunderstanding, things that are exacerbated by the communication barriers that telecommuting sometimes creates. Patiently speak to all parties involved in the conflict, and work with them to come to a resolution that benefits everyone.
Set Ground Rules
The best way to avoid workplace conflict within a team is to stop it before it can happen, and the best way to do that is to set some clear ground rules with your team. Your team is likely all in different locations, but they all have important tasks to complete. A set of rules that applies to everyone will ensure that they will all be treated equally, which will keep you all on the same page whether you share office space or not.
Advancing into a leadership position is an exciting opportunity, but it also carries a great deal of responsibility. Most people feel a sense of apprehension upon stepping into a leadership role for the first time, but it’s important to keep those fears in perspective. When you realize that these are common fears, you can handle them a little better.
Undervaluing Your Self-Worth
It’s very common to feel as though you’re underqualified for a leadership position, but you can’t let that fear run wild. This is a common fear and you have probably felt it before, so you should draw on your past experiences in dealing with it. If that doesn’t help, look for a way to set that fear aside, so you can perform the roles of your new position to the best of your abilities. In time, you’ll forget you ever doubted your capabilities.
Another common fear is that, as you assume the role of leader, you’ll be ruining the friendships you have had with your co-workers. In bold terms, if you’re not losing some friends, you’re doing something wrong. In your new position, a part of your job is to enforce the organization’s policies, so, if your team is violating those rules, they’re the ones putting you in the position of the enemy. Those who truly value their friendship with you will show the respect you deserve as their leader.
Making Tough Decisions
Once you step into the role of leader, you’ll be faced with the difficult decisions that you saw your own leaders face in the past. While you will make wrong decisions from time to time, you can’t let that fear lead you to inaction. A good leader will use their past experiences and intuition to make the best possible decision. If you can set your fear aside long enough to do that, you’ll either make a good decision, or you’ll have an opportunity to learn something more about being a leader.
You’re not the first one to doubt your ability to lead, but it’s important to deal with those fears in your own way. In time, you’ll forget that you ever entertained those doubts, and you’ll lead with more confidence. However, you have to be prepared to make mistakes and experience the ups and downs of leadership first.
The success of any business is significantly a by-product of the kind of leadership running its operations. When the leaders are effective, the company will experience profits and the opposite is also true. The limitations of the leaders in any organization often translate to be the organization’s limitations too.
Revolutionary leaders take time to understand their strengths and weaknesses and improve the areas they face challenges and limitations. There are several results and impacts that poor leadership has in a given business. The effects include the following:
Poor leadership has a direct psychological impact on employees as they suffer from job stress. This condition results from the fact that the company’s leadership or business place unrealistic demands on them. If not carefully watched, job stress results in conditions such as hypertension, substance abuse, and depression, which negatively impact business operations.
High Employee Turnover Rates
Employee transition from one job to the other is a regular occurrence, especially as they seek growth. High employee turnover is, most often than not, the result of poor leadership in the organization. Losing talented employees who are skilled and experienced in their jobs has a significant impact on business productivity.
The company has to incur additional costs in the recruitment process for replacements derailing its operations. It also takes time before the newly recruited employees match the skill set, efficiency, and productivity of former employees.
Low Employee Morale and Worker Productivity
Low employee morale, which directly impacts their productivity levels in the business, results from poor business leadership. Managers who lack the essential leadership qualities believe in micromanaging the employees and not giving them any room for engagement. Employees feel sidelined as the leaders of the organization offer no guidance to help them in job execution.
Damaged Organizational Reputation
A damaged organization or business reputation is one of the hardest things to come back from in any industry. Several platforms and sites allow current and former employees to offer reviews on their companies and organizations. Most of the new talent and employees the business seeks to hire usually visit these sites before taking on job offers as it gives them an outlook of the company. Poor leadership will cost you valuable talent, partners, and clients and limit your organization’s ability to grow and attain success.
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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