It’s no secret that remote working has become widespread in the UK since the global pandemic. In fact, 16% of employees reported solely working from home between September 2020 and January 2023.
The harmful misconception surrounding remote working is that employees are less productive while working outside the office has led to many companies using time tracking software. Unfortunately, this isn’t the answer to keep your employees motivated.
Time tracking software is a commonly used tool. It allows managers to oversee the daily activities of remote workers, including the level of work being completed at home. Despite the visibility it gives employers, time tracking software is actually harmful to the productivity of remote workers. Not only can it put unnecessary pressure on workers to complete tasks, but it can also foster a mistrusting environment that demotivates workers.
Here is what you can do as part of the management team to effectively motivate your staff, especially remote workers.
1. Think Ahead with Realistic Goals
Employee engagement can be encouraged by setting professional goals. By thinking ahead and setting clear guidelines that coincide with personal development plans, managers and team leaders can help workers achieve their goals.
That being said, these goals should always be realistic. If workers do not have enough resources to meet their targets, this can have the opposite effect and discourage hard work. They may also feel the need to work overtime, which can quickly lead to employee burnout.
2. Create Incentive Programmes
Once employers have established realistic goals, they can create incentive programmes for the workplace. It can be stressful to meet deadlines and targets, but financial and social rewards are sure to motivate remote employees.
These incentive programmes can offer anything that aligns the company and its values, such as commission, wage increases, profit sharing, bonus payments and more.
3. Remember to Recognise & Celebrate Success
There’s no denying that a little recognition can go a long way. So, to continue motivating your remote workers, remember to recognise and celebrate their success. From passing probation to reaching monthly targets, there’s lots of things to highlight in the workplace and employers can praise employees on video calls, in monthly catch-ups or during team meetings.
By creating incentive programmes and remembering to celebrate success, employers are supporting intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors. This is motivation that either comes from within an employee, such as happiness and fulfilment in their role, or beyond, including incentives and rewards. These keep the team driving forward while catering to every employee’s needs.
4. Practice & Encourage Transparent Feedback
Next, transparent feedback is important in the workplace. No matter the nature of the job, employees should understand the successes and potential pitfalls of their performance, thereby promoting constant growth for their remote workers.
However, communication is a two-way street. Employees should feel comfortable voicing any praise or concerns of their own. By conducting frequent 1-2-1 meetings, team members are more likely to feel comfortable sharing their feelings, and understand the option is there for them to do so.
With this clear line of communication, employers are better able to spot issues, find solutions and help the team develop.
5. Prioritise Health & Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of employees is paramount. If they are suffering from a physical or mental ailment, for example, it will inevitably affect their performance at work. That is why they should feel comfortable confiding in managers and taking sickness leave.
To promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, employers can organise online mental health catch-ups, virtual guided meditation classes and more. Then, in turn, remote workers are more likely to engage with the business.
Weekly10 is a performance management software that boosts employee engagement through weekly employee check-ins and has been designed to motivate remote workers.