Motivating remote employees presents some unique challenges. It takes more effort to get to know your employees as people if you don’t see them in the office every day. Business News Daily says that the American workforce is dealing with an unprecedented level of anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis. How can your company motivate and care for remote workers to help keep them engaged?
10 Employee Engagement Tips
According to a recent study by Ginger, 69% of employees say that this has been the most stressful time in their entire professional career. Here are 10 ways to help alleviate stress and keep your team positive:
1. Stop micromanaging.
Trust your employees to get the job done. Micromanagement puts a lot of strain on you as a manager for making decisions that you should empower your workers to make on their own. Micromanagement can also feel constrictive to the employee. Give your employees the freedom they want and need.
2. Allow workers to own their job title.
Your goal should be that the employee feels like the job and the company is theirs. Work with your employee to set metrics around attainable goals and give them the leeway to own them.
3. Support employee mental health by promoting the resources you have available.
Share details of your employee assistance program if you have one. Give tips on how to take breaks throughout the day and support your workers in finding work/life balance.
4. Establish open communication.
Establishing open communications between remote employees is critical if you want to keep them engaged. Companies should regularly check-in with remote workers in planned and unplanned ways. In addition to having regularly scheduled one-on-ones with workers, organizations should use instant messaging, video conferencing, and other technology tools to stay in touch with their remote workforce.
5. Get to know your employees.
Make sure work isn’t just about tasks if you want to forge tighter bonds with employees. Ask them about their lives and their interests—in the same way you would if you worked in the same office space.
6. Reward both big and small wins.
Offer more positive feedback than negative and set up employee recognition programs that share wins with the team. This will motivate, engage, and inspire remote teams.
7. Practice empathy and understanding.
Times are tough and the global pandemic impacts your workforce in ways you may not understand. When was the last time you asked your employee how they’re doing instead of what are they doing?
8. Practice active listening to help your employees with burnout and engagement.
Listen for phrases like, “I’m tired,” or “I wish it was Friday.” Come up with ways to help your employees work smarter and find work/life balance.
9. Let go of underperformers.
This may seem counterintuitive, but consider letting go of any underperformers that you feel are dragging down the team. Be careful of the interconnections the underperforming employee may have, but at the same time, recognize that an overly negative underperformed can demotivate the rest of the team.
10. Encourage thinking outside the box.
Let employees use their creativity in solving problems to engage them in the job at hand. Innovation should be rewarded, not shut down in your company.
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