Remote working systems are challenging. They have forced employees and employers to face new kinds of problems outside the typical work environment.
Employees have high costs of living since companies cut down salaries, lack access to resources, and low productivity levels. On the other hand, employers face problems building strong relationships with their employees since their old strategies have nothing to do with increasing employee engagement and collaboration.
Consequently, businesses tend to define new ways to help their employees stay focused while maintaining their work-life balance. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said that encouraging employees to spend time for themselves while working from home to avoid being burned out isn't easy. So, Google set new changes that you've to consider to support your own business.
First of all, Google offers its staff two more days off. It also realizes that different departments have different preferences, so those days may not be the most suitable. Google gives the team the freedom to make adaptations.
Moreover, the additional two days off, Google has a smart three-word plan to help its team combat burning out while working from home.
"No Meetings Weeks."
Yeah, as you're reading: They schedule weeks where there are no meetings to attend. If you've been working remotely for an extended period, you'll understand how great it is.
Here's Pichai's memo to his team:
Some of our teams have also held "no meetings weeks," which creates space for Googlers to focus on independent work or make it easier to switch off entirely and take a vacation. We've decided to make December 28, 2020, to January 1, 2021, an official no meetings week across the company. Of course, there will be exceptions for teams working to hit hard deadlines, closing deals, or supporting critical infrastructure (please watch for guidance from your leadership). Otherwise, let's move or cancel all routine and non-critical meetings that week.
It's considered a perfect treat that will help the staff to achieve higher performance levels, stay focused, and take some time for themselves to maintain good mental health and avoid burnout with a meetings-free schedule.
Although working from home has its perks, online meetings are one of its main disadvantages. Managers think that keeping employee face-to-face on video for long hours will compensate the absence of human connection they have while working in office. They don't realize that spending too much time in online meetings can really burn out the employee and negatively affect his performance levels.
Keeping your team a week away from a relentless stream of meetings that have no purpose but wasting their time and hindering their concentration is a golden idea that you've to steal and start applying to your business.
The other important point is that Google offers teams the freedom to adapt these measures in a manner that fits their needs well. Indeed, this may be the most valuable lesson businesses can take from Google's initiative: True leaders give their employees their time to relax and get comfortable and encourage them to do it in a way that suits their position.
Finally, taking care of your employees' mental health will make your business more competitive, and this 3-word plan will help you achieve this at the max.