The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Chapter 6: How to Keep Your Remote Team Motivated
You likely won’t be interacting face-to-face with your remote team very often. It’s important to pay close attention to your team’s mood and motivation and handle small issues right away before they turn into bigger problems.
Be A Good Listener
Listening to what your time has to say has a huge impact on your workers’ motivation. It may not seem obvious, but when you take the time to listen, you’re showing your employees that you appreciate them, care about what they have to say, and value their opinion. One way to do this is to have your team record their thoughts and feelings in a team logbook. You’ll be able to check in and respond to whatever is going on.
Create a Culture of Openness and Transparency
Just as you should listen to what your employees have to say, you should also give them the opportunity to listen to what you have to day. That is, you should be open and transparent whenever possible, and make it clear your team is encouraged to do the same. Your employees shouldn’t be the only ones using a logbook to share what’s going on—you should be doing this same. When you lead by example and keep your employees in the loop, they’ll do the same for you because they appreciate the respect.
Facilitate Social Interaction
Water cooler talks tend to happen at actual offices and it is during these times that employees get to connect with one another on a personal level. You don’t want to lose this with your remote employees. Make sure you keep things a bit personal with them by encouraging them to inform other team members of residential moves, kid graduations and more. You will quickly notice that the more personable and comfortable your remote employees are with one another, the happier they’ll be.
Be Actively Involved in Your Employees’ Work
You hired your remote workers to work from a remote location, but this doesn’t mean you can simply sit back and await their great performances. You need to stay actively involved in their work. Don’t smother them, but check in often to find how things are progressing and if any challenges have come up.
Make Sure There is Plenty of Face Time
Face time with your remote workers doesn’t have to happen face-to-face. As contrary as that may sound, face time can actually take place on the Internet through online video chats. Whether it be in person or on the Internet, face time is great for keeping a team connected and motivated.
Show Appreciation and Reward Employees
Many of the above points show appreciation indirectly, but it’s important to directly appreciate your employees as well. Tell them on a regular basis and tell them exactly why. There is nothing more motivating—seriously. When it’s appropriate reward your employees for their hard work. Even a simple gesture will make your employees feel so great they’ll want to keep on wowing you.