Since the beginning of the pandemic, many companies took the first steps to ensure remote work: they acquired task monitoring tools, started to hold meetings by videoconference and converted all their events and initiatives to online.
But, a year later, some questions remain: how to keep my team/colleagues motivated and engaged to work from home? How to maintain relationships?
Although many people find working from home very productive, others disagree. There is no doubt that many moments are lost when there is a screen between us and our team. From teamwork to socializing with colleagues... Therefore, strategies must be found to ensure that a lack of motivation does not prevent the company's success.
We know that this is possible. Some companies stood out during the pandemic, regardless of the challenges imposed. In other words, they adapted. The difference is in how you do it.
Today we share our tips:
Tip #1: Reflects on results, identifies points for improvement
In the workshop given this month by the Founder and CEO of Sonder People and Seekers Club, Fred Canto e Castro, one of the main ways to stay motivated and committed to achieving our goals, whether professional or personal, is to reflect weekly on our results, in order to analyze points of improvement and improve our plan. This is important to maintain our focus and the consistency of our actions, as "our results depend on what we do consistently over time". For example, losing weight is the result of eating well and exercising consistently. In the professional environment it is the same. And planning is one way to achieve this. Get your team together weekly and reflect on what you are achieving and how you could improve to achieve success more easily.
Tip #2: Empower your team
Working from home can bring a greater need for monitoring. Of course, leaders need to be aware of the progress of their company and their team. However, your team may feel less motivated with constant requests for updates. It is a good idea to continue to show that you trust your team and enable your team members to make important decisions and get the job done. Monitoring is important, but that doesn’t stop us from motivating the team and passing them the responsibility of managing their tasks and having something important on hand.
Tip #3: Take breaks and create moments to socialize
As we said, there are many office conversations that are lost, many jokes between colleagues, many lunch conversations... Socializing is important in a team because it creates bonds and increases the team's motivation and productivity as well. In remote work, you have to create moments for that and find new ways to keep the team engaged. At BGI we have what we call "BGI Virtual Coffee Break", a moment of pause on Thursdays where our "builders" meet only for chit-chat. These types of breaks and team bonding activities help to keep the team motivated. In addition, we always celebrate our team members' birthdays with a surprise video call, and small treats sent to their homes. It can be a breakfast, a birthday cake or a gift chosen by the team. Small gestures like these make all the difference.
Tip #4: Provide feedback
Feedback is important in the office, but especially when working from home. However, it is often overlooked. As they say, "out of sight, out of mind". So, if you are a leader and you are responsible for a team, be sure to provide feedback on the good work of your colleagues, and on how they can constantly improve. Never being harsh.
You don't even need to have regular one-on-one meetings on individual performance, if you don't have the opportunity to do so that often. You can simply send a message, or give your colleague a "pat on the back" after validating his work. It will be enough to make him/her feel proud and willing to continue. You can also ask about the team's well-being and how they can improve so that everyone feels good at remote work. Any team that is heard is happier and more motivated.
Tip #5: Keep the bigger picture in mind and create a growth mindset
Remembering the company's vision is a good way to keep the team focused on the goal. It is easier to be motivated when we know the direction we need to take. Communication is key here. Remind your team how your company will leave an important mark on the world and what each individual can bring to the table to contribute to it. Also, keep the idea that there is always room to grow and improve. No matter what stage of your career you are in, no matter what level of development your company has, there is always something to improve and it is necessary to work for it. Focusing on performance and growth objectives is motivating and strengthens the company's culture.
In a digital world, more than ever it is necessary to know how to adapt. If you have a disruptive idea for a stronger and more beneficial digital world for everyone, we may be able to help you. Know more information here and contact us through email or social media for further questions.
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