The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous effect on many different aspects of our daily lives, including how we work and communicate. One of the most significant shifts that have occurred due to the pandemic is remote work. Now, teams are scattered all over the country (and globe) as we all adjust to the new normal. For leaders, managers, and teachers, this transition to working remotely has brought numerous challenges. Not only must leaders ensure their teams are set up with tech tools for online meetings, video conferences, classes, and other virtual events to go smoothly, but there is added pressure to support and motivate these remote workers.

Before the pandemic, 4.7 million people worked from home at least half the week. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 56 percent of the U.S. workforce is compatible with long-term remote work. Experts predict 25 to 20 percent of workers will be telecommuting multiple days a week by the end of 2021.

How to Motivate Your Team from Afar.

With trends shifting towards a remote landscape now and post-pandemic, it’s important to learn how to keep productivity high and help your team adapt.

  • Check-in on Your Team – Working remotely can be overwhelming, especially if this is new to you and your team. Make a point to check-in at least once a week, whether through a one-on-one meeting or team video conference.

  • Embrace the Flexibility – Remote work can be difficult for those accustomed to a more structured schedule. It can be tempting to implement strict processes and procedures for your team, but too many boundaries can lead to demotivation. By embracing today’s workforce’s flexible nature, you are doing your part to develop a happy, fulfilled team that gets the job done.

  • Recognize and Applaud Their Achievements – One of the least effective ways to manage remote teams is by micromanaging them. Alternatively, encourage achievement by applauding accomplishments, whether big or small. By leading with recognition, your team will stay motivated, which will, in turn, help your business thrive.

  • Avoid Digital Burnout – We all know by now that digital fatigue is real and affects each one of us differently. Self-care is a huge part of remote work, and leaders need to encourage their team to tune in and pay attention to the signs of burnout, which can contribute to a lack of motivation.

The pandemic undoubtedly accelerated work-from-home trends, presenting new hurdles for leaders and employees alike. We hope the above tips will help you and your team stay motivated and productive – wherever in the world you are. Curious about our video conferencing and VoIP calling services? Let us help you stay connected and take working remotely to the next level!