One of the most essential components for success in any business. De-motivated workers, employees, even a de-motivated boss, none of them will perform well and deliver good results.
By keeping your remote employees motivated, you can gain many benefits, better retention being one of them. But it doesn’t come overnight.
One Christmas bonus alone won’t make your employee excited about the company goals forever.
Motivating employees is hard work. The strategies detailed below can help you create an approach that works for you for achieving a highly motived team, better retention and a better overall culture of your business.
1. Offer growth opportunities
Out of sight, out of mind – this proverb shouldn’t be applicable when it comes to the career advancement of your remote employees.
Don’t let your remote employees worry if they are being neglected in favor of colleagues or friends who can meet their boss by the water cooler. As time passes by, this concern can get stronger for remote employees and if they don’t feel you are focused on them, they may start looking for opportunities to grow in some other company.
Try to understand what makes them tick. Maybe they have passions or interests that they want to develop that can be beneficial to the organization?
Where possible organize the work so that those other skills or interests can be included and remote employees will feel more engaged. Present them with a clear path of development and stick to it as much as possible, always be open to finding opportunities for them to take on new tasks or be promoted along the way.
Growth is something all people are looking for. No one wants to get stuck in the same position for the rest of their life. Make sure your employee is always well aware of growth opportunities and how they can learn and grow in the role.
2. Show appreciation
Every employee wants to be recognized for their contribution to the company. And let me repeat that – every employee. Showing that you care will have a big impact on their motivation.
There are many ways to show appreciation to an employee, it could be a hand-written postcard, a public endorsement or you may choose to get them a gift or monetary bonus. Just make sure that you emphasize the specific tasks or attitude that you are recognizing.
An employee who feels appreciated will be a loyal employee. Loyal employees make for incredible businesses.
3. Always Pay On Time
Paying your employees on time is important in any setup, but it becomes essential when paying remote workers.
They don’t see you every day in the office and their trust can be easily shaken by any payment delay.
Trust is important especially if they live in another country and it is hard for them to enforce employer’s obligations legally.
Think about how you would treat a client if there were regular problems with payments. The frustration, the challenge of how to address it and the unnecessary worry.
It doesn’t matter what systems or resources you will be using, just make sure your employee receives the right money on time.
4. Make them feel like a part of the team
Create a dynamic and productive atmosphere – your employees will feel like a part of a winning team, and winning is the greatest motivator.
From saying hello at the start of the working day to getting everyone talking and working together you need to build a true team.
Set realistic goals, remove the obstacles in reaching them and then praise the staff openly.
Always listen to your remote workers and show them the respect they deserve. This is essential if you want them to be loyal and to show their respect in return by being committed to the work and the company values in the long run.
Also, it doesn’t matter if your complete team is working remotely. You can always make a Skype party, a simple 30 minutes bridge and have everyone involved in a conversation that isn’t related to business or their regular tasks but is focused on everyone getting to know each other.
Always make sure you dedicate a little bit of time to your worker in private, not just when talking to a whole team. That way you will have a private connection, and your worker will feel the connection to you and the team.
5. Offer bonuses that are not just financial
Bonus cash can push an employee that extra mile when it’s needed, but it won’t have the same effect on everybody.
Your remote employee will feel special if you do something that is really meaningful for them.
Whether it’s getting them the training course they really want, or if you organize a trip to the conference they are excited about or perhaps getting them a surprise gift of something they’d really like but won’t buy for themselves.
Pro tip: If you can find a way to get in touch with one of their friends or family you can have some real fun. Like the CEO who had an awesome new record player hidden in the apartment of one of his employees by one of their family and then on a video team meeting had them show the team around his apartment asking more and more questions about different rooms until he eventually found it and couldn’t believe what he was seeing!
Money is great, and you should have monetary bonuses too, but don’t limit your ideas just to that.
Get to know your workers better, learn what are they into, what’s in their bucket list. That way you will be able to make them happier with various bonuses and make them feel like even more valued team members.
6. Always have a positive atmosphere
The first step in creating a positive atmosphere in your team should be in having an environment where employees can make mistakes and learn from them.
Allow them to feel safe, recover quickly and be creative.
And after that, you can add spontaneity and fun – get their input, what tools would they like to use? How would they like to be able to do their jobs better?
Also, find some time to have casual chat. Since you are working remotely with them there’s not much space to pick up on the vibes of how they’re doing, especially the good ones. Everything is based on messages that have no emotions!
Find time to do a casual 30 mins – 1-hour conversation. Bonding on that level will result in getting much better work results, as your employee will feel a lot more positive energy than just having a plain list of tasks every morning.
7. Use the benefits of remote work
We are all connected 24/7, and remote employees can feel that they’re 24/7 at work. That can be very stressful and harmful in the long run.
Insist on your employees to disengage completely at dedicated times so they can spend some quality time with their family or personal growth.
Don’t let them forget they are working remotely, that they can escape the house and work from the coffee shop or wherever they feel like it.
The great thing would be that you prioritize tasks and emphasize what needs to be done first thing in the morning tomorrow, and after that to complete other tasks when they can.
There are a lot of people who feel more motivated working in evening hours, and if that’s the time when they are most productive, let them know it’s ok to partially work in evenings or whenever works for them.
8. Stop running that calculator
When making decisions or certain actions towards an employee, let your values and what you think is right guide you.
Don’t always keep score if you got ROI from every task, sometimes you need to play the long game letting your team members learn and develop their own skills around their core work and tasks.
Trying to calculate the ROI of every action or every day’s work will keep you out of the big picture focus and tempt you into micro-managing.
9. Seek employee input
So, you’ve put all your knowledge into documentation and all the processes in place – employees will do the rest, no need to be involved anymore?
You should constantly ask for feedback, so you can correct and improve what’s been set up. That will also raise the level of engagement and happiness of employees.
10. To track or not to track
For the remote worker, it’s easy to lose the boundary between working and non-working activities. Tracking time will keep them more focused while working.
This also means that when they’re on the break, they do it consciously, using it to enjoy themselves. They can relax and unwind instead of feeling nervous about the time they think they should be working.
On the other hand, tracking time can be pressure for them, especially knowing that software is taking screenshot pictures of their computer all day long.
It’s entirely optional and you should talk about it with your employee. Consider their thoughts and make a decision.
Definitely, the best way to build trust is that you are well organized and know what and when you need something completed. That way, you will know what to expect, and your employee knows the deadline to complete the tasks.
A motivated worker is a loyal worker. Motivation plays a huge part when it comes to growing a business with your team members.
Offer growth opportunities to your employees – let them know they won’t be in the same position for the rest of their time in your company. No matter what skill set they had when they signed up, everyone can upgrade, and you should let them know that you will appreciate and help them in upgrading and improving their skills with opportunities for promotion.
Show appreciation not just for their work, but for them being a good person. It doesn’t have to be money, happiness often lies in small things. A simple “hey, before we finish this call I just want to tell you that I really appreciate all your hard work” would be enough to make someone feel good and happy.
When it comes to money, don’t ever be late. Always pay on time – otherwise, you will lose trust and credibility in the eyes of your employee.
Bonuses are always welcome, and everyone loves them. However, it doesn’t have to be money. Learn what’s in your employee’s bucket list and try to find something that you know for a fact that will make your employee happy.
Always tend to keep a positive atmosphere. Everyone can have a bad day, but always try not to pass negative energy, and keep the positivity flowing throughout the day.
Remember that your employee is working remotely. Let them know it’s fine to work from home or a coffee shop. A different environment often produces creativity, and should never be discouraged.
Let them know you value any type of feedback and that you are willing to make changes if something is wrong. Being open to suggestions is always a good way to improve relations and productivity.
Job seekers from Eastern Europe are known for amazing and direct communications and they are always willing to provide you with both positive and negative feedback. They will be open to all your suggestions and will let you know their ideas and their full range of their capabilities.
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