How to Motivate Remote Workers
The fact is that managing a remote team is much different than managing an in-office team. The financial situation is different, the motivational techniques are different, different team challenges are likely to arise, upholding productivity requires different techniques, and the resources needed to manage properly are different. So if you are entering into a new remote managerial position, it may be time to study some new tools of the trade. Here are some tips and techniques to help you motivate and get the most out of your remote workers:
If you are looking to hire a remote team, you should expect to pay at least 40% more than you would if you were to hire an in-house team. Why? Now that you have people working remotely you will need to invest in things like rental fees, hardwares, and softwares. In addition, you will still have to pay salaries (which are often quite high) and insurances. Why are the salaries of remote workers often higher than those of in-house workers? The answer comes down to a simple equation:
Money = Motivation
And in a remote work setting where you are constantly bombarded by everyday distractions, keeping your motivation high can be difficult. But a good financial payout can keep it there.
Hire High Quality Professionals
If you are going to be paying out the big bucks, you are going to want to hire the best of the best. Unfortunately, even the best of the best can lose motivation when working from home. Everyday distractions like children, housework, events, and so on and so forth can easily stray people from the task at hand. So how do you keep them motivated? You start by hiring dedicated professionals who have extensive experience in the line of work. Employees that have a lot of experience often have their own methods of getting a job done. In return, they often provide higher quality results in a lesser amount of time. Once you have developed an experienced and loyal team, your productivity will increase ten fold.
But then what? You know you have a professional, experienced, and dedicated team, but how do you keep them motivated? Well, you need to learn what makes them tick and then use it to your advantage.
How important is it to keep people motivated? We can’t stress the importance enough! Why? Because the truth is that over time, even top employees will burn out and lose passion – it’s just human nature. And according to studies, this loss of passion starts after only 3-4 months of employment. It is your job as the manager to keep your team motivated. Send out motivational newsletters, offer praise when deserved, or even offer special perks for a job well done. Learn what makes your team tick, and use it to keep them motivated.
Want to know more? There are two types of motivation : social and material.
Money is our main source of motivation. Think about it, if you weren’t getting paid, would you go to work? Probably not. Money is what keeps us at work day in and day out. Unfortunately, making money doesn’t prevent people from losing motivation and enthusiasm. And once this starts to dwindle, it is other material and social motivations that will keep your employees loyal.
Material motivations stem far beyond a paycheque at the end of the week. They can also include personal “thank you” gifts, bonuses, incentives, and team building activities. In addition, they could include office gifts like a new laptop or armchair. Office gifts such as these boost morale, but also benefit the company in the long run.
What about social motivation? For this I say, never underestimate the power of a simple “job well done”. When praised and encouraged for a doing something well, employees are more likely to strive to do well in the future.
In addition, employees are more likely to stay motivated when they feel like they are part of a team. Unfortunately, creating a team-like atmosphere can be more difficult when working with a remote team because they are not working in the same office everyday. In many cases, they aren’t communicating with each other at all on a day-to-day basis. With that being said, regular conference calls, FaceTimes, company Facebook groups, and company newsletters can help to create the feeling of being an integral part of the team. You can also make employees feel like part of the team by asking their opinions, consulting with them for advice, and even offering paid business trips.
If you want to get the best out of your remote team, you need to use a combination of social and material motivations. Don’t be afraid to get creative and offer new and exciting forms of encouragement!