You know something is set in place when it becomes an acronym – that is, WFH: Work From Home.
But for some of us the trending hashtag #WFH is a bit of a WTF. Work From Home. It’s not an option nor a plea for management to gift you twice a week anymore, it is now mandatory, at least for the immediate future.
Now you have almost figured out how to manage your remote employees. But have you any idea how to maintain motivation on a virtual scale?
How do keep your remote employees fully charged?
How essential is employee stimulus to the performance of your business?
Monitoring moral does not mean you need to change the entire business strategy. It just means that you need to make a little more effort to keep employees driven and feeling part of a team.
The proven way of maintaining staff motivation is to show you care. Simple sounding right, but how?
Care can come in the form of incentives or bonuses, awards, recognition and appraisals.
But the biggest indicator you care for your staff is what you invest in them.
They will see that you care for their personal growth and success, and without batting an eye lid productivity will skyrocket – even remotely.
INVESTING IN YOUR STAFF BY UPSKILLING THEM SHOWS YOU CARE
Keep your virtual team realistically motivated, focus on stimulating their ideas and maintaining their mojo. Here, we’ll get you started:
WEEKLY TEAM VIDEO CALLS
Be connected by staying connected. Include everyone. Akin to a normal team office meeting, this will allow your
employees to have their voices heard, literally, as well as allow space to air concerns as a network. There is a lot that can be understood from eye to eye contact.
USE AN INSTANT MESSENGER SERVICE
It’s all well and good sending emails back and forth to one another, but even these can seem a bit too formal at times. Instead, have your employees use instant message platforms that come with video conferencing software, such MS Teams or Skype, to be able to quickly fire questions across to each other, or even just to chat, feel connected and build better working relationships with one another.
Do you doubt your remote staff are actually working the required hours each day from the comfort of their home? It’s okay, they also wonder if you know they are working the required hours each day. It’s a two-way trust. And the key to letting go and trusting both your employee and in turn have them trust you, is belief – if you’ve hired the right people in the first place, you have to give them the autonomy to go away and get on with it. A lot of people will find that they’re more productive when working remotely for a team, as they feel they need to prove that they’re getting things done without the boss nearby to check in.
APPRECIATE TO ACCELERATE
Ensure you’re providing incentives to help encourage your remote team members. Give plenty of recognition for the great work that they do, letting them know that it doesn’t go unnoticed, despite them not being present in the office. And, where possible, offer plenty of opportunity for learning, development and growth in their role.
KEEP THE MENTAL STIMULATION UP
Just like an office environment, WFH can also become stale for some staff, especially if they love to socialise and network with team mates daily. Throw a new project their way with a challenge attached. Ask them to design something completely out of their realm and see what they come up with. Set them a group task or an exercises that must be submitted in pairs.
There is an entire day’s learning and more on how to stimulate, motivate and nourish your staff remotely – it’s just a matter of you opting to invest in your team to produce results for your business. Get motivated with KONA’s remote REAL Academy. Call 1300 611 288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help.