How to Motivate Employees While Remote

With remote work the new norm in the business world, it’s important that business leaders are able to keep their employees excited about their work in order to remain successful. Distance from their desks, coworkers, and routine can make it difficult for employees to feel invested in their work, and can ultimately impact their productivity.

So what can you do to help make sure your organization’s productivity doesn’t suffer?

We have prepared some tips to help you ensure your workers remain motivated despite working remotely.

Increase diversity

Experts have proven that increased diversity helps boost employee engagement and sense of fulfillment, helping them feel valued and motivated with their work. In fact, many large-scale businesses are starting to adopt diversity programs due to their positive impacts. And, several successful entrepreneurs, like Satya Nadella and Robert F. Smith, have personally supported different diversity-focused philanthropic efforts. 

So, for the prosperity of your business and the excitement of your workers, it’s important that you make an effort to invest in diversity. Luckily, without having to go into one office, you can quickly expand your recruiting areas and look to increase your overall workforce diversity. Begin recruiting in new cities and neighborhoods where candidates have different backgrounds and experiences. Then, eliminate any personal identifiers in applications and use a hiring panel to avoid any personal bias in the hiring process. Pairing this with other internal efforts to boost the power of diverse voices in your organization will help employees of all backgrounds feel seen, valued, and motivated.

Invest in support

For employees who feel overwhelmed with projects, consider different ways you can alleviate their stressful workloads. Often, investing a bit more in tools that support their jobs will help them feel more motivated and empowered. 

If schedules and appointments are disorganized, consider a virtual receptionist to facilitate customer service and relations, such as administrative tasks, order processing, and call screening. Or, if project timelines continuously get missed, try a project management software that will streamline your processes and ease quality assurance. Putting a few more resources toward help for your employees’ work will allow them to focus on bigger-picture projects and feel excited about their tasks.

Communicate often

Communicating with employees is a crucial aspect of remote work. It helps them feel connected to the company mission and internal team and allows them to feel secure in their job. But, this should be a two-way street.

Executives should be communicating with the broad team, whether through a weekly video call, random check-ins, or email. This allows uninterrupted time for updates and questions so employees feel heard and a part of the larger mission. Creating time in your schedule will show your employees that you care about their interests and professional development, investing them in your vision.

Maintain teamwork

For a business that relies on collaboration and teamwork, losing the ability to work face-to-face with each other can be very frustrating for employees. In order to simulate togetherness, work to ensure that your employees can communicate and maintain a sense of workplace culture.

Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on programs for seamless virtual meetings and brainstorming sessions, online project management systems for improved organization, and document-sharing platforms for peer-edits. Purchasing a corporate membership to just a few programs like these can have a hugely positive impact on your business culture by allowing employees to continue to work in the ways that they’re most productive: together. Feeling more connected and efficient will help employees feel like they’re a part of the team and overall company mission.



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