Many of us are struggling with the new realities of this challenging time. While working from home can offer many benefits, some employees may be experiencing added stress, anxiety or even depression. If this is the case, staying motivated can be difficult. Here are some simple tips you can use to help boost their motivation and emotional well-being:
Check in with employees. Show your team members you care about them holistically. Schedule weekly meetings with them individually. Ask what they are doing to stay motivated or what they need from you to help. If they are struggling to stay motivated, recommend periodic short breaks. You can suggest things like taking a walk or listening to music to help them mentally regroup.
Encourage collaboration. Help your employees feel like they’re an important part of the team’s success. Take an idea and email it to them and ask for their feedback. You can also brainstorm with your employees through a remote meeting tool. Another option is creating a fun competition. An example might be to break out your team members into different groups and task them with creating a new concept that will help your business grow. The group with the best concept wins a reward.
Invest in development. Now is the perfect time to invest in your employees’ professional growth. Providing professional development opportunities reminds them there will be a future for them and the company. It also gives them the tools to work with renewed passion and confidence.
As we work through this period of uncertainty, challenges may arise that we never imagined. The right tips and strategies like these can go a long way in lifting your employees’ spirits to keep them, and your company, thriving.
Source: How to keep your team motivated, remotely (accessed May 7, 2020)