“How do you motivate team members to stay productive and motivated while working remotely? ✏️” I saw this writing prompt from my LinkedIn profile as I was going in to edit a few things. So let’s explore.
My mind filled with many answers to this question and I listed a few responses below.
- First, in my opinion the premise of the question is suspect. The assumption of the question is that people aren’t motivated while working from home. For many people, working from home is the ideal situation as it helps cut down on the costs associated with work; and helps mesh work into their lifestyle. So I think corporations and management should keep that same energy that they had when asking people to work during the peak of the pandemic. Having said that –
- Management should approach the solution of working from home as an extension to working from the office — even if they never go back to the office again. Communicating with employees using various technologies like phone text, Zoom meetings, Google chat, WhatsApp, and even Skype –can increase esprit de corps (spirit of the group) among team members.
- Assume the motivation is already there… until proven not to be. Then use conflict/resolution strategies to find out what’s going on just as you would during a counseling session, or a one-on-one session, back in the office.
- Ensure everyone is familiar with, and skilled in, the use of applications and technologies being used by the organization. Sometimes, people need additional training when they start working solo, although still remaining part of the team. (Read that again.) Supervisors and management should get to know team members well enough to detect who is good with technology; and how to get those who are not, more comfortable with using it by providing additional training. This holds true in both “in-office” and “work from home” settings. Often, it is assumed people know how to do things that they may not know how to do proficiently. Increasing levels of proficiency in the use of available tools alone, can help improve productivity.
- Encourage participation in online group meetings to create synergy. For example, in the office, a person could give great verbal input on projects –but could be lacking in details or follow up. Someone else would chime in or use their skill set to improve upon the idea. That same synergy should carry over in a work-from-home environment too, instead of expecting the person with the idea to have all the answers.
These are only a few suggestions but I’m sure there are many other things leaders can take note of that happen in an office environment and use their creativity to implement those things for working at home. As a leader and manager of your team, ensuring the development and success of the team is vital.