Understand how and why motivate your team during remote work is essential

Companies are struggling to create a virtual workplace culture for their remote teams. The pressure to invest in an engaging culture is wearing off. While remote work is not new, most employees have never experienced what home office really involves. For this reason, they are struggling with the loss of face-to-face interaction they were used to while working in the office.

At the beginning of the pandemic, employers turned to Zoom to maintain face-to-face interaction. However, employees began to be exhausted by the constant happy hours and meetings of Zoom that began to lose the desire to attend. According to Monster, 69% of employees are suffering from burnout while working from home.

The little engagement that employers have now received has been lost as they try to take power from the office to the remote workspace. As a result, companies are readjusting their zoom strategy and using alternative methods, such as Slack updates or quick video messages to convey information.

As we continue to distance ourselves socially and become more accustomed to remote work, it is important to ensure that your team feels valued, heard and respected.

It is essential to create a safe space for your teams to express themselves, so that leadership teams can gain insights into what is and is not working. It also allows the team to gain greater flexibility to evolve and improve their remote work plan.

Reflect on your leadership style

Does your leadership style tend to be inclusive, micro manager, laissez-faire or a combination of the above?

Your remote teams are getting tips from you as their leader. They want to know if you trust them to do the job and if they have a sense of autonomy in their work.

Their behavior and communication can undermine that confidence and sense of autonomy. Work and life are intertwined in this environment. Setting boundaries and having flexibility in how to work to get the job done are small things that can help keep your team motivated.

Keep your teams engaged in daily connections

Employees crave connection and want to feel included. They want to share what’s going on in their lives, funny moments, jokes and build relationships with their colleagues. Creating a culture of connection means recognizing that employees are more than workers, they are people with unique experiences, interests and ideas. It’s not just about frequency, it’s about quality selective connections.

Chats are a way to ensure that the voices of everyone – including introverts – are heard. Video calls with an open camera can also help to create an environment of trust, sharing mutual goals and a place to have fun. Featured shares, where the team takes a few minutes for members to share experiences, are fun ways for people to show their personality and connect more with their team.

Working remotely may not be for everyone. Analyzing your team’s comfort with remote work can inform you of what additional resources and support may be needed and the best approach to offer each member.

Remote work can be stressful, so supporting your teams with professional development training, virtual team-building activities and reminders to get them in tune with your health and well-being is also important.

There are games and interaction sites that allow you to engage your team with a little distraction in addition to producing the work, which can help them feel more willing and less overwhelmed.

We are naturally social beings. Connection helps your teams feel less isolated while working.

Psychological status can affect your team’s productivity

Its role is to ensure that people feel safe in their work environment. This means that your team can feel confident in carrying out their work and provide information without fear of negative consequences.

Co-creating mutual work expectations and realistic goals shows that you not only value and respect your team, but also provide guidance on how to work with them in the future. People want feedback and are recognized. Regular communications that provide concrete and clear feedback help support your team’s growth.

Needless to say, employees want to be recognized and appreciated for their efforts. Working remotely is not something most employees have signed up for, but they are doing the best they can to make it work. Now that the school is back up and running, working parents are struggling to keep their children engaged with the school online while managing their own professional responsibilities.

Managing change is complex. As you navigate working with your remote teams, find creative ways to keep your team engaged, motivated and productive.

Being aware of your emotional intelligence offers an opportunity for leaders to step out of themselves to gain a better understanding of what others can value, how motivated they are and what is needed to keep them engaged. It is essential to create an environment where people can be themselves, add value and have fun while working.

Working remotely can be a means of breaking the silence between time zones and geographic regions. It is also an opportunity to find new ways to connect people in your organization.