In the world we live in now remote working is becoming ever more popular, although it has many benefits, it can also have some barriers that you need to overcome. Working from home is great to keep people working even if they have commitments at home, this can help companies keep staffing levels up but have some flexibility for their staff. Some workers can thrive when working from home as it is easier for them to focus in their own environment rather than a work environment, but others enjoy being in the office as it helps them keep concentration and make sure they stay motivated to actually work and not get distracted.
If you have staff working from home and you are unsure how to keep them motivated and make sure they are staying on top of work, then these tips may help you understand how and keep them on track while working remotely.
Keep up communication
Some people need guidance to help them stay on track; this can be hard to do if communication is not used. You can stay in contact with your team at home in a number of ways, with virtual meetings, conference calls, or individual calls, making sure there is a line of communication open for all employees will help them feel part of a team and stop people feeling isolated. If people are feeling isolated, then this can cause them to be demotivated and work less or get distracted easier.
Setting people goals is a great motivating tool to use; it gives someone a purpose and drives them to work towards something. By setting goals you are also making it easier to see who may not work best from home or who are struggling to concentrate and get work done, if you set reachable goals and people are hitting them, then that will give them motivation and confidence that they can work well from so you can increase efficiency and make them work smarter instead of harder just by giving them a goal to reach.
Reward them and celebrate birthdays
Some people love the team environment because you can celebrate birthdays together and throw little inhouse parties for them and make it feel like a little family at times. When working from home it can be hard to feel this and sometimes this will demotivate a person but you can still try and celebrate birthdays by doing zoom parties or sending virtual event gifts so that they do not feel left out and they still feel part of the team. Sending gifts and doing little parties is also a great way to reward good work and make people feel motivated if they are hitting goals and meeting targets.
If you have one or more employee working from home and you are unsure how to keep them motivated and feeling part of the team then hopefully these few tips may help you get started and gain an understanding of what to do.