With remote working set to continue for the foreseeable the novelty has worn off for many workers. Working remotely can feel extremely isolating and it can be a challenge to stay motivated. As an employer, how can you keep your team motivated?

Schedule regular check ins

A weekly call or video call soon becomes the norm and will give your team a focus. Make sure you stick to this each week to offer a routine. Consider individual calls and catch ups in addition to weekly team meets to ensure that staff feel supported and part of the team. At Bespoke HR we use Google hangouts but you can also use Zoom, Microsoft teams or Slack.

Be creative in keeping the team together

Perhaps not everyone is keen to have quizzes or online drinks but ask the team to come up with ideas that help to keep the team connected. Using slack channels or fun newsletters helps the team share their news whilst they aren’t working in an office.

Trust them

Accept that working hours may now differ if they are juggling additional priorities, such as children. You may have to be flexible in your approach to their working hours, and in turn this will help them to stay motivated. Not being tied to a rigid 9-5 will help them to work around other commitments and focus more when they need to work.

Be transparent

It’s important to keep staff updated on company issues, good or bad. This is a difficult time for many businesses and staff will value an open and honest approach. Many of our clients have found a new energy from staff who all feel ‘we are in this together’ and pulling together for a common goal.

Encourage them to take breaks

Just as you would in a ‘normal’ working day, encourage staff to take comfort breaks and allow themselves to get fresh air. For mental health purposes, it’s essential that they take some time for themselves.

Offer rewards and incentives

There has been no such thing as ‘business as usual’ for many businesses during the pandemic, however it’s as important to recognise and reward employees who have kept the business function during challenging time, even if they are working remotely.  Rewards and incentives can go a long way in motivating staff. Recognising good work or teamwork should be a top priority and can even be a simple gesture of sending a small gift to their home as a thank you. If you are not in a position to offer financial incentives, there are other options such as awards, time off, volunteering opportunities or learning / development opportunities (such as additional training or upskilling).

Read our blog on how to incentivise your staff without money.

Make sure they have the right workspace set up

There’s nothing worse than working in conditions which are not conducive to productivity. Are your workers set up properly at home? Have you conducted a risk assessment? We have a free template to use for this. If they don’t have the right equipment make sure that they are fully set up with a proper desk space and the IT support they need.

For more information get in touch, or read our guidance on how to manage your team remotely.