Even after a year of remote working, many employers are finding it hard to get the grip on it. And it is completely understandable since Work From Home or Remote Working is something which is quite new to everyone. Not that the concept is new as most of us at some point have taken it, however, it is the first time that it is nationwide.
Remote working comes with its own set of challenges- challenges that are unheard of before. And one of such challenges and perhaps the most important one is keeping your employees motivated. I’m saying this is important because this is something that has a direct cause & effect relationship with your company’s growth.
So without wasting any more time, let’s dive into today’s topic and find out how you can keep your employees motivated amid all these crises and especially when you’re not near to them.
Things you can do to keep your employees motivated
Remote working, as challenging as it may seem, presented us with examples of companies that are thriving during remote working all thanks to their thoughtful leaders who are successful in predicting the upcoming challenges so far and planning for them in advance.
Let’s share the quick takeaways from our study so that you can help your employees to adapt to the remote working environment, and keep your business afloat in times of turmoil.
- If you care, show
Don’t wait for anything big to happen and then drop a boring email to your employees saying things like you care and that they can reach out to you anytime. Instead, make it a habit to check on every employee every couple of days.
You can also promote incentives like streaming subscriptions or health benefits etc. This gives your employees a sense of relief that you care about them and this is the most comforting feeling in such times.
2. Provide them the best equipment
Don’t leave your employees all by themselves. There are many things they could be facing alone like system issues, internet connection problems, and other disruptions. Though you can’t help them with every situation, however, there are many issues that can easily be resolved with just your little efforts.
Make sure to ask them if they are facing any problems related to their laptop or system. Also, if possible, cover their wifi expenses and provide them things like laptop tables, etc. these little things work wonders in strengthening the employee-employer bond.
3. Be vigilant
The situation demands the reporting managers be extra vigilant in these times. If you’re seeing that someone’s performance is declining continuously, reach out to them first and hear what they have to say.
In these times of uncertainty, you never know what anyone is going through. The best you can do as a reporting manager is to keep your cool and listen to the other person’s side of the story
4. Communication is the key
Communication plays a vital role especially when you can’t interact in person. As a reporting manager, you should clearly communicate to every member of your team about their responsibilities and your expectations from them.
Also, encourage and promote group chats for professional communication. This way, if you’re not able to attend to their doubts or queries, some other senior member from your team can.
5. Virtual team building activities
These activities can help you a long way as it strengthens the bonds between the team members, improves communication and coordination. Not to mention these kinds of activities could be a great fun time for your employees, especially in these times.
However, make sure to keep it fun and try to keep it during working hours so employees won’t feel restricted.
Now you’ve done everything but the important question is how will you assess the success of your efforts?
Ways to measure the success of your remote employees’ motivation efforts?
Though there are several ways to measure it, we’re gonna tell you some that every organization can do pretty easily.
Check the following indicators and they’ll tell you if your efforts have really paid off.
- Leaves they are taking
- Their punctuality at work
- Their willing interaction with other team members
- How often does an employee pitch ideas of his/her own
- The number of individual periods where an employee wanted to take a leave
You can also seek help from anonymous surveys to check for the success of your efforts. However, please try to keep them as precise as possible.
To summarize, your employees are your most valuable assets in today’s situation, and we’re saying this because it’d be very hard to train new employees online. Hence, you have little option but to have remote employees on board. So invest your time in finding ways that can help them stay motivated and don’t forget to measure the success of your efforts as it’ll really help you to improvise in your strategy.