The current global situation has created a seismic shift within the workforce, with most companies having no choice but to adapt to a work from home setup to keep their employees safe and the company going.
Some companies that have long practised telecommuting have transitioned quite easily, but there are also lots of organisations that are still struggling to keep up.
The good news is that the challenges associated with remote working do not necessarily mean that productivity has to dwindle.
As long as you take the necessary measures to keep your employees engaged, then your company will be able to run like a well-oiled machine. Here are some tips on how you can keep your team motivated.
Facilitate frequent communication
Not all employees are inclined to transition smoothly to a work-from-home setup, especially if it's not something they are used to. Given that it's an entirely different way of working, they may not know how to check in with their supervisors or will be reluctant to get in touch when they need help.
You can mitigate this by stepping up and making an effort in providing guidance and facilitating frequent communication with everyone. If your schedule permits, hold a regular Zoom meeting or encourage them to reach out to you using reliable platforms like Slack.
It would also help if you remained transparent and showed understanding and empathy, as this is the time that your team needs it the most.
Offer opportunities for growth
The idea of climbing the corporate ladder while working remotely may seem nebulous, but it's important that you offer opportunities for growth to encourage your team to keep performing at their best.
A survey in 2018 found that one in four workers were unhappy in their current roles, with 29% feeling that their skills weren’t being valued by their employer. When they aren’t developing their careers at their own company it's an impetus for them to start looking elsewhere.
This is why a Gala Bingo study on what makes the British public happy revealed that 24% of the respondents felt a sense of happiness and motivation when they progressed in their career. As a manager, it is then your responsibility to assist your team in setting realistic career targets to help them feel satisfied in their work.
And with remote work making communicating harder, leaders need to be proactive in making sure that their employees stay motivated otherwise they can easily fall behind and disengage from the company.
Make their work engaging
Your employees will not be disposed to perform their best if they don't find their work as engaging. The best way to avoid this is to present them with opportunities to experiment and solve problems that matter.
It would help if you asked them to exercise their creativity in order to address various issues.
You can enlist your team's help and consult them on things like how to improve customer service, figure out an issue within the organisation that can be fixed, or ask them for the solution to driving growth during an uncertain time, and more.
Allot time for water cooler moments
It goes without saying that work is more than just work. It can be easy to blur the lines between work and life balance when working remotely, making it all the more essential that you devote time for water cooler moments within your team.
The easiest way of doing this is by creating casual channels in your team chat app to discuss anything beyond work. You may also want to schedule meetings where you catch up about each other's lives or discussing a non-work related topic for an hour as a form of bonding and strengthening of the company culture.
The important thing is your remote team has to have ways for cultivating their relationships outside of work. Luckily, there are a plethora of tools intended for communication, offering ways to bring people together despite being apart.
Make sure they have the right technology
There is nothing more demotivating than working on a slow computer or having to use technology that doesn't work properly. Make sure your team are setup with a working laptop and any other equipment they need to complete the job.
The above tips show that while keeping a remote team motivated is challenging it is possible. We hope these pointers have helped.
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