4 Ways to Boost Employee Morale While Working Remotely
Lunch break banter, team building activities, after-work hangouts, and daily teamwork were the order of the day in a standard office setting pre-corona virus. All these activities helped keep employee morale at a 100. Fast forward to 2020, Covid-19 happened, and now, remote working is the new black in the corporate world.
On the one hand, remote working has been beneficial as it has helped businesses stay afloat during these challenging times. On the other hand, however, it means employees lack structure and quickly lose their morale, consequently affecting productivity. So, how can team leaders keep employee morale up while working remotely? By trying out the following:
1. Help them Create Comfortable Home Offices
Although remote working was a thing even before Covid-19, for most companies, the decision to move their operations online wasn’t something they chose willingly. A majority were forced to embrace virtual operations by the circumstances in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic.
This means most employees were not ready for the change, and as such, a majority of them didn’t have home offices. Team leaders can encourage morale by helping such employees set up pleasant workspaces at home. For instance, let those employees with no chairs or work desks borrow their office desks and chairs until they can afford to purchase their own. This gesture will prove you care about their comfort and general wellbeing, conversely motivating them to work smart so they can contribute to the company’s success.
2. Encourage Collaboration
Cliché as it may sound, teamwork does make the dream work. Studies show employees who work as a team stay committed to a task 64% longer than those who do it solo. That said, one way to maintain employee morale during remote working is through the provision of teamwork and project management software. This way, every time you assign a team project, each of your employees will easily keep tabs on who’s responsible for what in that project, the progress, and the setbacks.
Besides providing the right project management tools, another way to promote collaboration across your remote teams is by offering incentives that reward the entire team instead of just certain individuals in that team. This way, every employee will feel appreciated and will be more motivated to collaborate with the rest of the team to achieve project goals and objectives.
3. Maintain Social Activities
Working remotely has its perks, but it’s also lonely, isolating, and, unfortunately, tends to affect employees’ morale negatively. As a team leader, you can help ensure your employees don’t feel isolated by encouraging them to virtually participate in the social activities they enjoy in a standard office setting. For instance, if corporate lunches were the order of the day every Thursday, this doesn’t have to cease because you’re no longer at the office. Encourage virtual lunches by working with a reputable caterer in New York who will ensure each employee receives their lunch on time.
If you used to have after-work drinks every Saturday evening, continue that virtually through corporate catering services. Arrange virtual talent shows and let your employees show off their hidden talents. You’ll be surprised to find out how talented a singer silent Linda from the corner office is, or how Joe from IT is good at cooking.
4. Trust and Empower Your Employees
It’s natural to want to know what your employees are up to during work hours in a remote work setting. However, checking in on them after every half hour can be quite irritating and counterproductive. Even in a standard office setting, micromanagers tend to kill employees’ morale.
So, don’t be one of those irritating team leaders who call in after every five minutes to inquire about the progress. Instead, trust that your employees will get their job done without you constantly hovering over them. For instance, instead of trying to get them to work at the same time, encourage them to create their schedules. This will allow them the freedom to work during times they feel they will be most productive, which in turn enhances productivity.