The COVID-19 crisis has posed unprecedented challenges to the business world. Organizations are already struggling with business continuity, workforce management and talent acquisition as all these now are to be taken care of remotely. Over the last few months, the entire market scenario has drastically changed and it looks like it will remain so for a while. And now, with the arrival of summer, there is one more challenge which the companies need to address – managing virtual internship programs. There are a number of companies that believed remote work would be the future, long before the crisis began, and have a proper infrastructure in place. But there are many others that are still adjusting to this new normal. Several companies already have a list of selected interns and now they are wondering how to engage them remotely. Or, some were about to launch an internship program this summer for the first time and now they have no clue how to make it work. This is especially true for small businesses which now must rethink their strategies to recruit top talents as interns, remotely, so they can consider them adding to their talent pool in the future. It isn’t very tough though. A few changes and some creative problem solving could easily help you develop an effective virtual internship program. Here are a few tips to help you design one.
Every workplace encounters crisis at some point or other. Be it a natural disaster, a workplace violence, accident, or the one gripping the world currently – COVID-19 disease, one thing that can help organizations cope, regardless of the nature of the crisis, is advance planning. However, many companies are usually not prepared or have a crisis plan in place and this is especially true for small businesses. Advance planning is imperative for effective crisis management. Every business should think about how a crisis can impact its employees, suppliers, customers, and the brand, and be prepared to deal with it, regardless of the size of the company. It’s the responsibility of the HR leaders to develop a strategic plan considering the safety, health and welfare of the people associated with the organization. A crisis management plan is all about building the capacity of the employees to handle adverse situations using knowledge and strategies and making the right decisions that ensure business continuity.
A team is much more than just a group of people and hence there is a significant difference between group thinking and team thinking. The times have changed and so have the approaches to business solutions. Team building has gained a lot of emphases lately and managers are putting significant efforts to harness the potential of individuals and channelize them towards achieving a common objective. One of the major responsibilities of managers or team leaders today, while building a high-performing team, is to inculcate and encourage team-thinking to facilitate better decisions and results. Team thinking is essentially collaborative thinking, focussed on a common goal, where every member of the team is willing to listen carefully and consider views and options for making the best decision for clients, organization, and individuals.
Employers and managers often talk about team building but very few actually understand what it takes to develop the spirit of teamwork. Team spirit is all about feeling that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Effective team building in the workplace requires understanding the objectives and vision of the organization. For building an efficient team, every member needs to understand that they have to work with their fellow members and contribute to the overall functioning or success of the organization. Although every employee has a distinct role in a company, while working in a team their work collaborates to serve the bigger picture. Team building impacts the organization in a myriad of positive ways which is why it’s extremely important to focus on effective team building activities.