Right now, times are tough for everyone but not all of them will come out to admit they they are struggling. It may happen to your team as well. Surely this difficult period has affected every individual differently. However, some of them are not willing to just come out and tell they have difficult times adjusting to the situation or dealing with their problems. The cause can be pride, or anything on personal level.
Signs to spot in your team productivity
When your team are affected by difficult times, there are signs you can spots. It is better to notice the signs so you can provide solutions to help your team’s well being and productivity. Here are some of the most common signs to spot:
Unable to concentrate on their work
When your team are affected greatly by something, more problems come and it will be harder for them to stay focused on their tasks. The sign can be in more frequent breaks or dip in output. Also, different department may show different signs. For example, production teams keep lagging on meeting deadlines. Or customer service department has their declining calls increased.
When your team members are experiencing problems outside of work their tardiness tend to show even more. They are late coming at work, or trying to get home as early as possible. Even the small mishaps at work can make them feel disengaged more, making them unable to be on time in many things related to their responsibilities.
When team members are affected
Quality of work decreasing is also a sign of when your team members are affected greatly by difficult times. It can be some missing details that keep increasing, or submitting works that are not what have been required during the previous meetings. This sign is usually more visible in content creation team because you can see any differences and changes of their quality work.
Withdrawing from any social engagement
Regardless of how stiff or tight a workplace is, social element will always be there. Many social activities can bring your team closer even simply from sharing talk during lunch or in the pantry. Team members who are having difficult times tend to avoid any social events both at work or outside.
Consistent needs for approval
Keep asking for approval could be a sign that your team members’ confidence have been affected by difficult times they are experiencing. The need of constant reassurance is being asked to make them through the day. They tend to have more uncertainties in making decisions as well.
Do not judge too quickly
The best thing you can do as team leader when spotting these signs is to not judge too quickly. Avoid second-guessing yourself or assuming things. Try to be as supportive as you can and provide help they may need from you. If they truly need extra hours, give them. Then, try to motivate your team in a positive and encouraging manner so they can get back on track.