The Future of Remote Working: How to Keep the Employees Motivated and Engaged

The idea of working remotely may sound quite exciting. However, it can get quite challenging to come to terms with it. On top of being technologically prepared, you have to be psychologically prepared. The working spirit can go low, managing and keeping the employees motivated can be a tough ride. In addition to this, the employees tend to feel alienated and dull. Space and time constraints can add to the misery as managers can find it difficult to engage their employees. In this blog post, we put forward a few suggestions that can bring you out of the dilemma. Hence, let's see how you can keep your employees involved so that they feel closely connected to both their heads and the company. 1) Use tools to strengthen communication A communication breakdown might surface as the first major problem as employees begin working remotely. Therefore, the wise idea would be to hold training sessions where you get the employees to know about tools like Trello, Slack, or Zoom. It would be wrong to assume that each and every employee will know their usage. As a manager, you have to accommodate and make them grow accustomed to it to streamline communication. 2) Set up a calendar Another challenge would be to keep things in check and on routine. You can use online resources such as Google Calendar to create tasks for each team member. This way, they would know what they are expected to do. Additionally, you should keep your expectations straightforward and realistic. They should be realistic in the sense that the employees find them achievable. Also, managers can create milestones and set rewards as employees hit each of them, which will make them feel appreciated, and their efforts recognized. 3) Resource your team Ensure that your team has everything it would take for them to complete the work. In a situation where working remotely could be a sudden decision, your team might need the necessary tools like a laptop and internet connection. It is not at all reasonable to assume that every employee will be well equipped. As a manager, you have to ensure and take into account your employee's well-being. Therefore, make sure to meet their needs so that they are able to get the job within the set period. 4) Be flexible in communication Restricting your employees to only specific online tools can prove to be cumbersome. Give your employee an open ground to choose what they feel will be best to report. Other than the online tools mentioned above, be flexible enough to allow them to contact you through other simple channels like Email, Skype, or even WhatsApp. The key to successful remote working and to keep up the productivity levels is to let the team breath and feel wanted. And, it can only happen with a flexible approach.