10 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated Remotely

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Victoria Riddler
January 30 2023

Remote working is slowly but surely replacing the usual 9-5 office days. More companies and businesses in 2023 are pinning their hopes on this way of working and using a remote job board for their recruitment, and they’re right for doing so—it’s the future.

Converting to working from home is a big deal, but this shouldn’t divert your attention from one key thing: keeping your team motivated.

Encouraging your remote employees to exceed their jobs has mutual benefits. It contributes to their personal qualities and helps your business develop. Maintaining that motivational spirit is the hard part, though.

Stress not, team leaders.

Here are 10 strategies that are 100% effective and ready for you to try out.

1) Set Clear Goals

Getting your word across can be more difficult when you’re not in the same room and you’re not able to walk over to your employees’ desks and tell them what you have envisioned.

The first strategy would be to work on setting clear goals for your remote team. Being explicit about what you need to get done will help you avoid mixed signals and failed assignments.

2) Give Feedback, Always!

Whether it’s a 20-minute brainstorming session or a 7-day project they’re working on, as a team leader, you’re expected to provide feedback to your team.

Be it good or not so good; it’s important that your team receives information on how they did and could be improved.

It goes without saying that hearing back that your project did great will surely raise serotonin levels and boost motivation.

3) Work on Time Management

Simply put, taking time management seriously is a shortcut to a successful business.

If you haven’t by now—it’s time to introduce yourself to time management tools. Their one and the true aim is to give you a hand in managing your work-related obligations and avoiding breaking deadlines.

We sometimes don’t want to admit it, but it’s true—these apps are of tremendous help, especially to larger companies that do lots of day-to-day business.

4) Encourage Camera Time

Once in a while, you’ll have to sit down with your team and have a meeting. Only this time, though, it won’t be your usual office meeting, but a scheduled Google Meet or  Zoom call.

Either way, it’s essential that you have regular remote or hybrid meetings, gather your employees, and reflect on work-related issues that need to be discussed.

Encourage communication, peer feedback, expressing ideas and thoughts, and, most importantly, keeping your camera turned on.

Being present, even virtually, will surely boost motivation.

5) Organize Team-Building Activities

Relying strictly on business won’t get you far, especially in this day and age. That’s why many companies turn to team-building activities to elevate their employees’ motivation.

There are two ways to do this.

If you are nearby and gathering is possible, you could organize a game night (completing jigsaw puzzles, playing monopoly, etc.) or you can plan a small team travel.

On the other hand, if you’re far from each other, you can turn to virtual activities such as video charades, trivia, photo challenges, and many more.

6) Follow Global Trends

Having remote workers implies that you are in tune with global trends.

This is your sign to spend some extra time online and learn more about remote work trends that can make work easier for your employees and elevate their motivation.

Since this is becoming a worldwide trend, we’re sure there is an abundance of ideas and facts that your employees will be more than happy to hear.

7) Offer Health Benefits

There’s no better way to boost your team’s motivation than to offer them health benefits.

Offering health insurance, especially for remote workers, will help you retain those same employees, raise work satisfaction and increase productivity in the workplace, even though it’s a home office.

Your employees will feel better knowing that their visits to the doctor and some essential health checks are covered.

8) Encourage Teamwork

You’ve got to remember that working from home brings not only benefits, but challenges your employees’ abilities.

Now that they’re virtual, some projects might take longer than expected, but that’s not a sign to raise red flags. On the contrary, encourage teamwork where you think it’s the best idea.

If some of your employees are genuine team players, don’t hesitate to put them together on a project. After all, teamwork makes the dream work; isn’t that how the saying goes?

9) Reward Exceptional Performance

Just because your team works remotely doesn’t mean you should turn a blind eye to their job performance. Your remote team deserves to be seen and rewarded as well.

There are a lot of different ideas to choose from here.

You can offer your employees a gift card at Starbucks, a free day, a course, etc. Even though they’re small tokens of appreciation, they will surely raise workplace motivation.

10) Give Your Team Space

Last but not least, you can’t expect your employees to be available 24/7. Working from home doesn’t mean that you can just call for your employees when it’s convenient for you.

Holidays, for starters, should be observed. Also, working on the weekends (if not in the plan) and overtime hours will not sit well with your remote workers. Similarly, give space to employees who might be going through annulment or divorce so they have enough time to heal and get back to work.

Forcing attendance when not planned will only decrease motivation and result in poor performance.

Do the opposite—stick to the schedule and respect your employees’ personal time.

Wrapping Up

All things considered, boosting motivation among your remote team is absolutely essential for your business.

Although it is a bit different when virtual, your employees will certainly benefit from a motivation boost from time to time. And as a devoted team leader, you can do that in more than one way.

You can set clear goals, provide feedback, organize team-building activities, offer health benefits, and so on. The key is acknowledging the hard work they do and rewarding their progress.

You can take small steps to help your business prosper.

Victoria Riddler is a writer who blogs about team motivation and engagement, and is also an avid player, designer, and proponent of all things about jigsaw puzzles!

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