As remote work continues to gain popularity, concerns regarding employee productivity outside traditional office settings have been debunked by recent research, which indicates a 47 percent increase in productivity among remote workers.
This shift in work dynamics has prompted 2.9 million Australian employees, representing 14 percent of the workforce, to plan remote work overseas in 2023.
Employee engagement experts at Weekly10 have delved into the topic, outlining five effective strategies for motivating remote workers, while cautioning against the use of time-tracking software as a solution.
Thinking ahead with realistic goals:
To foster employee engagement, managers and team leaders are encouraged to set clear, realistic professional goals that align with individual development plans. While goals serve as motivators, it is crucial to ensure employees have the necessary resources to achieve them. Unrealistic targets can discourage hard work and potentially lead to employee burnout as individuals may feel compelled to work overtime.
Creating incentive programs:
Employers can establish incentive programs that offer financial and social rewards to motivate remote employees. These programs may include commission-based incentives, wage increases, profit sharing, bonus payments, and more. By aligning incentives with company values, employers can effectively inspire their remote workforce to meet deadlines and targets, reducing stress levels.
Remembering to recognize and celebrate success:
Acknowledging and celebrating remote workers’ achievements can significantly boost motivation. Employers can express recognition through video calls, monthly catch-ups, or team meetings. Additionally, utilizing communication platforms such as Slack or Microsoft Teams to create an achievements channel can facilitate public acknowledgment and encourage a positive work environment.
Practicing and encouraging transparent feedback:
Transparent feedback is vital for promoting constant growth and development among remote workers. Employers should provide constructive feedback to help employees understand their strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. In turn, employees should feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns during frequent one-on-one meetings. Establishing open lines of communication enhances trust and enables employers to identify and address issues promptly.
Prioritizing health and well-being:
Maintaining the physical and mental well-being of remote workers is essential for sustaining their performance. Employers should create an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing any physical or mental health challenges they may be facing and encourage them to take necessary sick leave. Organizing online mental health catch-ups, virtual guided meditation classes, and other well-being initiatives can help remote workers engage more effectively with the organization.
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