It is the year 2020 and people were quite optimistic about starting the year with fresh expectations. However, it did not take much time for the things to take a U-turn. We are now in the 5th month of the year and stuck at home, while most of the time getting engaged with our work. Well, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work from home has set a new trend in the corporate world.
While most of the countries face extended periods of lockdown, employees might not feel the same. There is so much work to be done and thanks to the organizations for quickly adapting to the situation and adopting work from home practices.
But working from home has its own set of drawbacks for both the employers and employees.
So how to keep the workforce motivated and engaged during this time of crisis while they work from home.
Here is a list of ideas that will help organizations to cope up with the current situation.
7 Ideas to keep your employees motivated
- Goal Setting
There will be a lot of distractions while working from home. It can become a nightmare for managers to manage the situation. However, setting up realistic and meaningful goals while your employees are working from home is vital.
Set up metrics to keep track of their progress and communicate as much as you can to help them. You can use Skype or Slack for your daily communication or conduct virtual meetings for current updates. This will help you and your employees to actually measure the real growth accordingly.
- Communication is the Key
Working from home is a challenge that everyone is facing right now. It is new but it also helps us to continue our duties with minor hiccups. And among all our duties it is crucial to communicate with everyone in the team and organization so that there are no barriers in the workflow.
Communicating often also helps everyone to ease their mental pressure from all the chaotic situation that has arisen. Keep a channel open for everyone to come up with their problems where they can communicate with each other and ask for expert advice at the same time. This helps to elevate the mood and keep everyone motivated.
- Recognition Helps
Every little recognition done by you helps your employees change their mood and lift their motivation levels. Acknowledge your employee’s effort to complete their tasks in time while challenging themselves in a new work environment.
The best way to do is by opting for a digital R&R platform where everything is done online. Cloud-based platforms bridge the gap between managers and employees. With the help of such tools managers can recognize their employees on the go and motivate them to give their best.
- Keep the Fun Factor
With an extended period of time work from home can become too monotonous. To keep track of your employee’s mood and overall morale conduct periodic surveys. And to keep things more interesting and engaging you can gamify each piece of work by adding fun elements. This way work becomes fun and employees become invested in what they do. Increasing productivity and boosting performance.
- Learning Opportunities
There are numerous online courses offered by different platforms so that people can always learn something new. Help your workforce by providing them the necessary courses they wanted to invest and elevate their skills.
Curate a schedule for them so that they do not miss out on the task and the e-classes. Give them ample time to balance work with their classes further fostering learning. This will help them to bridge the gap between their skills and competencies. Thus, enhancing everyone’s skill and elevating professional development.
- Provide Essential Tools
Good work is synonymous with employees’ skills and the tools at their disposal. Workplaces are equipped with state-of-art technologies and tools which make the life of any employee easier. However, with the current situation and employees having to work from this becomes a big hurdle when it comes to employee productivity.
To diminish this factor, you can provide them with the necessary tools or compensate them with different plans so that you can cover their expenses. This will keep the motivation levels high and employees will be less worried about their performance.
- Focusing on Health and Wellness
With work from home implemented worldwide, maintaining the motivation of your employees can become an extensive task. A lot of their productivity is related to their physical and mental wellbeing. Staying indoors and isolating for a longer period of time has become a necessity right now with the ongoing pandemic. This can take a heavy toll on an individual mentally.
To reduce your employee’s getting drained out both mentally and physically, it might be the best time to use the available technology. Promote employee wellbeing by incorporating a wellness application that can keep track of every employee’s daily physical and mental activity. These applications also help individuals with their daily physical activity keeping them active.
Summing it Up
With the pandemic growing each day, we all hope for a piece of positive news that can prove to be a ray of sunshine. While we do not stop being optimistic during these trying times, let us not lose sight of the job in hand. Help each other and maintain the wellbeing of everyone near you and yourself. Keep motivation alive and urge others to remain positive as well. Because at the end of the day, it is the support system that will help us get through this.