Since the end of March, we’ve seen the majority of businesses switch to remote working. Although restrictions are slowly beginning to lift, employees are still being advised to work from home where possible – and to maintain social distancing when in the office. This is likely to result in offices operating in rotation for the coming months, with drastically fewer members of staff on site at any one time. So how do you keep your employees engaged and productive when their usual way of working becomes disrupted?
According to the Harvard Business Review there are three positive motivators that lead to an increase in motivation and productivity. These are play, purpose and potential. Below we take a look at how to implement these into your work force to keep them motivated whilst working remotely.
Send small perks to let your employees know you’re thinking of them. This could be a beer or wine for (virtual) Friday drinks or a pamper package to help them unwind after a busy week. It doesn’t need to be expensive – it’s the thought that counts!
It’s important to still celebrate the good times – someone’s birthday, a good outcome for the business or someone’s achievement in their personal life. Let everyone know about the positive things that happen – this will help to keep a strong company culture of connected individuals.
The best way to create ‘play’ is via company-wide fun and games. We’ve listed some slightly different suggestions if you’re getting bored of the usual virtual quiz:
It’s important to regularly touch base with your team so they understand their sense of purpose within the business and how they’re assisting with the company’s cause. Without seeing this, they’ll quickly become unmotivated to work to their full potential.
Hold a group meeting on a Monday to look back over the previous week and discuss how you can help one another with any upcoming tasks.
Use Tuesday to Thursday to have individual telephone or video meetings with each of your team members to genuinely check in with them. Ask them how they’re getting on both with work and in their personal life. Motivate them through these catch-ups and help them to focus on tackling any challenges they may be facing. Fridays are for reflecting on the week and tying up any loose ends.
Praise individuals for the work they’re doing and share with everyone any wins across the company, no matter how small. At times like these it’s important to really shout about your successes.
It’s vital your employees still see their potential during these disrupted times – or else you risk losing them to a competitor. You can show them this and keep them motivated remotely in a number of ways:
Employers may also find our remote onboarding guide useful – especially if you’re looking to expand your team but are unsure how to go about this during Covid-19. For any further assistance with your recruitment needs over the coming months – or for advice on how to keep your employees motivated whilst working remotely – please contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with one of our specialist consultant – [email protected] / +44 (0)1625 541 030
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