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LEADING FROM HOME: Every guide a manager needs to lead their remote team to success

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way companies operate, forcing business owners to manage teams remotely and accommodate schedules dismantled by crisis preparations.
  • If you're new to leading from home, these seasoned CEOs and executives have tips for keeping employees happy and healthy while working out of office and how to drive productivity amid fearful times.
  • Business Insider regularly interviews top business leaders who are propelling companies to success during the pandemic. You can read them all by subscribing to BI Prime.
The novel coronavirus outbreak has forced people to stay home, incited fear, and hindered the economy. Not only do people need to adapt to flatten the curve of COVID-19's spread, but also companies must change workflows to stay operable during the pandemic.
Effective business leaders can inspire employees to be happy, healthy, and motivated while working from home during stressful times. Here are some of the key things that managers should do to ensure their workers stay safe and focused on the company mission, as well as advice for handling tricky situations, like layoffs or onboarding new staff.
Boost camaraderie: 3 steps every manager should take right now to help employees feel less lonely and isolated when working from home
Quell anxiety: Here's the exact action plan managers should use to calm coronavirus anxiety at the office, along with the emails you should be sending to staff
Make contingency plans: Here's the exact coronavirus contingency plan every leader should create to keep their teams from panicking and build trust in a time of crisis
Plan for emergencies: The McKinsey exec who designed the firm's coronavirus strategy reveals the 4-step emergency plan every company should have put in place by now to handle the pandemic
Use collaborate apps: 6 CEOs and executives who've been managing remote teams for years share the tools they use to keep their employees motivated and happy
Invest in the right software: The three kinds of software — and the corporate culture — you need to manage and run a remote company, according to a tech CEO who's been doing it since 2011
Lead with confidence: CEOs who've lead large remote teams for years reveal the best ways to manage employees when everyone's scattered across the globe
Bolster resiliency: The CIO of the largest private US company tells us how leaders can build teams to be resilient against external forces they can't control
Notify your team of health risks: The exact action plan leaders should follow if an employee contracts coronavirus, including the emails you should be sending to staff

Onboard new staff effectively: The best way to onboard a new employee virtually, according to 7 seasoned leaders who've managed remote teams for years
Create onboarding documentation: Read the onboarding guide GitLab uses to manage its fully remote 1,200-person staff and ensure new hires thrive from day one
Offer time off: The CEO of software giant Basecamp gave his employees a 4-day weekend to prepare themselves as schools and stores close across the US — here's the full letter he sent to staff
Lay off or furlough staff compassionately: The exact action plan compassionate managers should follow if they need to lay someone off remotely
Read to stay inspired: 14 management books that will help you build resilience and lead through tough times
Self-improve while social distancing: The ultimate guide to becoming a better boss in 30 days, with exercises and advice from the cocreator of Netflix's influential culture deck
Accept the hard truths: Everyone told us running a venture-backed business with a fully remote team was impossible. We're now a multimillion-dollar company with 50 employees — here are 4 hard truths today's leaders must accept about remote work.
Get ready to return to the office: The action plan employers should follow when reopening their offices to ensure the safest and smoothest transition possible
SEE ALSO: SUCCEEDING FROM HOME: Here's exactly how to thrive as a remote worker in the days of coronavirus
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