3 Ways to Motivate Your Remote Team
Posted by on May 14, 2020 6:59 am
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Since 2010, the amount of people who work remotely at least once a week has grown by 400%! In the last few weeks alone, that number has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Remote teams are still tasked with the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before—but now they face a unique set of challenges simply due to not being in the office. These challenges (like a difference in schedules, work habits, and time zones) can all cause difficulties among remote team members.
To effectively work remotely as a team, employees must be understanding, consistent, and motivated. Here are a few ways to inspire your remote team to be productive and take on new challenges.
1. Frequent Check-ins
One of the most common challenges a remote team faces? Isolation and loneliness—and that’s not even including social distancing! Working from home alone (or with kids) isn’t always the most conducive environment for productivity and creativity, which can result in employees feeling in a rut or siloed from their teammates.
Intentionally check in on a regular basis with your employees through chat and phone calls, and especially through video meetings. Your co-workers and teams need to see you. The good news is video conferencing technology like GlobalMeet makes face-to-face conversations, regardless of location, easy.
And make sure your check-ins go beyond shop talk. Ask how each person’s day is going, what you can do to help, and which resources they may need to stay motivated at home.
2. Clear and Casual Communication
When the breakroom is gone, casual banter gets pushed to the wayside. However, this is how employees connect with one another and bond as a team.
Set aside time every day for casual coworker conversations. Make a point to catch up on each other’s lives and engage in non-work-related conversations for a change of pace. This little break in the day may be just what someone needs to keep their motivation going!
One tip from PGi CMO Mark Roberts? He ensures he is on video for every meeting. “I hear a lot of small talk that doesn’t feel small. People are sharing what it’s like working through this unique and scary time. They’re trying to remain optimistic and share hope and humor as much as possible.”
Just as importantly, encourage employees to use clear communication. When we can’t sit in a room together, communication errors can arise. Clear, written communication is key for remote teams to collaborate and produce results.
3. No Micro-Managing
Remote teams need to trust that each member of the group is doing their part. Instead, many remote teams go the unfortunate route of requiring their teams to track every moment of their day. Such a micromanagement approach creates anxious and alienated workers who won’t be able to produce their best work under such strict conditions.
Instead of tasks, focus on the results your employees are producing. This is much more inspirational and motivational, and will generally result in employees performing their best while working from home.
Remember: This is a trying time for everyone, and your co-workers are feeling the pinch just as much as you. Be patient and stay positive. And if you’re interested in new ways to connect as a remote team, PGi’s suite of collaboration and communication tools will help your team link up seamlessly from anywhere in the world.
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