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 won’t make your employee excited about the company goals forever.
Motivating employees is a constant and hard work. Strategies detailed below can help you create a unique approach for achieving optimal workflow, better retention and better overall culture of the company.
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 the colleague who can meet you by the water cooler. As time passes by, this concern can get stronger and they may start looking for opportunities to grow in some other company.
Try to understand better what keeps them tick. Maybe they have passions that can be beneficial to the organization?
Organize the work so that those skills can be included and remote employees feel more engaged. Present them with a clear path of development and stick to it as much as possible, but also try to find opportunities for promotion along the way.
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.
A gift certificate is one of the good options to show appreciation.
It doesn’t have to be in the form of money exclusively. Find other ways to publicly endorse remote workers – through the LinkedIn or company website, too.
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 the payment delay.
Trust is important especially if they live in some other country and it is hard for them to enforce employer’s obligations legally.
Think about how you would treat a client if there are regular problems with payments and be fair.
Logistic hurdles shouldn’t be an excuse – there are plenty of tools that can automate that work for you.
4. Make them feel like a part of the team
Create a dynamic and productive atmosphere – your employees will feel as a part of a winning team, and winning is the greatest motivator.
So, set realistic goals, remove the obstacles in reaching them and then praise the staff openly.
Always listen to your remote workers and show 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.
5. Offer bonuses that are not by default money – no employee is the same
Bonus cache can push an employee that extra mile when it’s needed, but it won’t have the same effect in everybody.
Your remote employee will feel special if you pay her for that training she thinks will improve her skills or if you organize a trip to the conference he was excited about.
6. Create a positive atmosphere
The first step in creating the positive atmosphere in your team should be not having employees fear of making mistakes.
Allow them to feel safe, recover quickly and be creative.
And after that, you can add spontaneity and fun – either to browse through routine tasks easier or to dedicate the time for some online gaming.
7. Encourage disengage
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 for your employees to disengage completely at dedicated times so they can spend some quality time with their family or personal growth.
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 something in return. Calculating every action will keep you out of the focus and provoke the bad atmosphere.
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.
11. Bonus: You should be the leader
To run a successful business you need great players in your team. Keep in mind that your team will function exactly how the leaderships sets up the company mindset to function.
So, don’t try to run away it. If you are having a bad day or skies are not clear, your team will not have a good day either. Nevertheless, good energy also translates well too.
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