It’s probably safe to say that working remotely is now part of the new normal. Lockdown restrictions forced organizations to implement work-from-home arrangements. Working remotely is essential for many workers. It allows them to continue working in spite of the pandemic.
Employees can easily achieve work-life balance with this setup as they can spend more time with loved ones.
Managing remote workers, however, can be overwhelming for some business leaders. The difference in office and work-from-home settings can make it challenging to track worker productivity and ensure work quality.
Managers should do their best in motivating team members. Here are a few tips on how this can be achieved:
Give Your Team the Right Tools
The home office pales in comparison to an actual workplace concerning tools and equipment. For improved productivity and to motivate your workers, you should provide the tools that can help them do their job while working remotely. You can start by helping employees set up a reliable internet connection, a good communication platform, and project management tools.
Maintain Constant Communication
Consistent real-time communication is a great way to get feedback and updates from your team. It gives them an impression that you are available to provide support and you are tracking their progress. This, in itself, is enough to encourage them to work on their tasks and maintain or boost productivity. Communication is also an excellent way for you to share the company’s goals to motivate your team.
Foster Growth and Build Trust
Continuously instill a healthy mindset among your employees. Encourage them to participate in online courses for self-development. This can help them perform better even in a work-from-home setting. Have faith, avoid micromanaging, and give your employees the freedom to do their work at their pace.
Measure Motivation through Surveys
Running surveys is an excellent way for you to know how motivated your employees are. Additionally, this will help you learn the challenges they are facing and how to address them. Your survey should be engaging and encourage utmost honesty in the answers provided. You can use survey tools available to get the job done, or you can have regular online discussions to allow your team members to air out their concerns.
Like it or not, remote work is a reality and is likely here to stay. This demands a transformation in your management habits to adapt to your remote team’s constantly changing needs.