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If you’ve ever worked at home on a weekend, during vacation, or when you called in sick – you’ve worked remotely. Our lightweight laptops and fun messaging apps let us stay connected to the office, even when we can’t physically be there. It’s no wonder more and more employers are letting their employees work from home, coffee shops, and even specifically hiring remote employees.
Remote workers comprise an increasingly larger percentage of workers in the United States. According to a Global Workplace Analytics survey reported by Inc, over one-third of the American workforce will work remotely by the end of 2016 — a total 63 million people. What’s more – with the way technology is advancing, most desk jobs will easily be accomplished from home and more employees are going to start working remotely (at least partially) be it as a money- and time-saving measure or a job perk.
But how do you keep those remote workers engaged, motivated, and empowered? When you don’t have much face-to-face time with an employee, traditional management practices can be difficult, if not impossible, to implement. Workers may also begin to feel isolated, focusing only on just a small part of a task instead of how their efforts contribute to a greater goal.
Over time, these issues can hinder all the advantages that prompted your company to introduce remote working opportunities in the first place… but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five strategies for motivating and empowering your remote workers.
One thing you can do is create teams. When your remote workers know that they are expected to communicate and interact with their coworkers, they can feel just as engaged as in-office staff members. “I may be working remotely, but that doesn’t mean I’m living on a desert island,” says content strategist Chris King. “I’m in constant touch with the office using some technological platform or another.
Face time also helps. Phone calls and emails can accomplish a lot. Add in video conferencing and remote collaboration. A simple connection like this can make the gap between remote and in-house employees feel a whole lot smaller. While face-to-face meetings do have their purposes, a video call like this can bring similar values. They help remote workers understand their respective roles in company and team hierarchies, as well as help with conflict resolution.
Another action you can take to motivate and empower your remote workers is to provide mentorship. People communicate in different ways, so a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. Take the time to tailor your coaching strategies to each individual by his or her duties. Provide positive reinforcement, as well as constructive feedback, and position yourself or another team member as a contact person for your remote staff.
Gamifying your team can make the sales process more fun and it doesn’t take any extra effort. Activity tracking can be completed automatically and instantly translated into graphics and charts that update in real time — and it works. Digital signage and real-time updates on performance statistics can keep employees motivated and engaged to increase the number of closed deals or boost whatever activities by which their performance is measured.
Gamifying performance also helps remote workers share victories. Watching the sales activities increase for your team as a whole can be motivating because it is easy for your remote workers to conceptualize how their efforts contribute to team goals. Easily see how efforts stack up against their peers. In this way, sharing victories encourage employees to cheer one another on or engage in friendly competition. Sharing performance updates in real-time on leaderboards can bring together different teams, departments, and offices in different locations.
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