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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

C-Suite Agenda

How CEOs can strengthen employee’s wellbeing and increase productivity.

Olga Artemenko

COVID-19 has a significant impact on the emotional wellbeing of employees. Working remotely employees are dealing with stress that impacts business productivity. The most common problems that employees tend to struggle with includes:

  • Decrease in collaboration and communication
  • Loneliness
  • Not being able to unplug after hours
  • Disruptions at home

To succeed in remote leadership, CEOs require dedication, the ability to unite, motivate and inspire employees to work as productively as if they were in the office. This is the time when emotional intelligence is the most critical skill for business leaders.

Here are five traits you can apply to get your remote businesses to excel:

Develop clear leadership

During tough times, the top priority for you is to establish strong leadership and clearly defined goals. Firm leadership with a clear direction for the management team is necessary for remote work to be productive.
You must ensure that the goals of the management team are clearly aligned with other responsibilities team members may have. Once you have defined responsibilities, expectations, and deadlines, you must trust your team to follow through with their responsibilities.

Establish ongoing face-to-face meetings

The first most important task you must accomplish is getting isolated employees to work together as a cohesive unit.

Lead proactively. Reply, help, inspire, simply actively communicate with your executive team. Establish a strong face-to-face connection — quarterly, monthly, or bi-annually — whatever makes sense for your culture and project goals.

Be part of a face to face meetings not only with your executive team but the rest of the company. Recognize anger, disappointment, fear, loneliness in all colors. Then develop a security plan and boost inspiration. Reassure your employees that things are OK and will eventually return to normal.

Encourage feedback

Provide your management team with clear direction and inspire them to collaborate and provide feedback on any current or new practices. Establish ongoing feedback review with your executive team to know what each team member is up to and whether meaningful progress is being made.

Empower your management to develop a business feedback process with all employees. Create an environment where people feel safe and encouraged them to provide real feedback including criticism, innovative ideas, improvements, and suggestions.

It is important for management to revisit and implement even one of the provided suggestions. It will help you ensure the change in behavior and will strengthen the remote team’s dynamic.

Create fun virtual connection

Help your people to stay emotionally healthy. Create an opportunity for remote socializing using different apps and technology to inspire your workers to stay connected remotely. Offer a variety of choices for people to connect in smaller groups. Being just a few members in the group will allow each member to discuss the same hobby or a similar issue, to connect more naturally and develop a deeper relationship for a long time.

Highlight advantages of remote work 

While you are aiming to overcome the difficulties of remote working, you have to remind your employees about unique advantages of working from home. Remote work allows everyone to maintain better health-work-life balance.

  1. Employees do not commute every day, which reduces their stress, saves them time and money
  2. Flexible work schedules offer more freedom
  3. Employees practice better health by being less exposed to illnesses, such as cold, flu or virus.
  4. Employees have more time to spend with their families and to pursue their hobbies.

Today’s world offers amazing technology that allows us to connect the world. Find your creative ways to convert problems into opportunities and overcome the challenges.


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Olga Artemenko
Olga Artemenko is president and CEO of CCI Pharm. She is a dynamic leader and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in international business dealing with Eastern Europe and Russia with astute negotiation skills in multiple languages. Artemenko holds a BA (Honor of Excellence) and Master in Communication (Cum Laude) from Kyiv National Linguistic University in the Ukraine. In the USA she completed postgraduate studies in economics at Princeton University. Olga Artemenko is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow her on LinkedIn.