A number of reports have shown a reduction in productivity due to the work-from-home transition. This could be due to a number of factors. The levels of uncertainty at the moment are having a negative impact on everyone, and trying to keep morale up is more important than ever. Here are some ways you can engage with your remote team, and keep them motivated.
Be present and available
Engage with your team remotely by being both present and available. Even though there’s no manager looking over their shoulder like in the office, they still need to feel there is someone to both supervise and monitor them. Maintain as close a relationship as possible.
If your team is starting to come back to work, think of ways to resolve issues with the commute. Ensure they understand the new carpooling rules, and if they are stopped, how to fight a traffic ticket without going to court. Hold regular conferences and keep them updated on any legal changes.
Rewards and recognition
With your team working from home, it’s more important than ever to make them feel recognized. In fact, almost 70% of employees have stated in a recent survey that they would work harder if they felt more like they were being appreciated. You can implement a new rewards system for this difficult period.
As rewards go, it’s somewhat easier remotely, but there’s more you can do apart from award giftcards or vouchers for example. There are plenty of creative ways you can reward staff. There won’t be any office celebrations any time soon, however. If you want to you could present prizes over Zoom meetings, it depends on the dynamic of your company.
Virtual team building
If you’re looking for new ways to build employee motivation try virtual team building. If you can’t find much inspiration for team building activities don’t worry, there are plenty of helpful suggestions online. Many people enjoy the social aspect of working in an office and the transition to working from home might have been hard for them.
Some companies organize social events like pub quizzes each week. Others prefer to set up games that require a little less planning like Pictionary or charades. Get some honest feedback from your team first about what they’d prefer. Even if your team is a little demotivated at the moment, they’ll be glad they got involved.
In these turbulent times, it’s vital that you make your staff feel listened to and understood. Be transparent about the company’s future, and keep them in the loop. Your employees may need a little more flexibility and control at the moment, for example, if they are at home with children. If you take their individual needs on board they will be more motivated at work.
Make sure all managers and leaders are fully equipped to engage their team remotely. You could hold virtual training sessions for managing staff and get everyone up to speed on the challenges the new situation will bring.