How do your employees and teams stay motivated when working remotely?

Surely one of the key questions for managers: How do your employees and teams stay motivated and efficient - especially when working remotely? In this article, we have briefly summarized four approaches that support you in motivating your employees and teams daily.

These four approaches help you motivate your employees on a daily basis

According to Statista a lack of motivation and productivity of remote employees affected almost one in five German companies in 2020. Especially in German SMEs, the change in existing work models towards hybrid forms of work and remote work caused uncertainty in the workplace in the past year - both for individual employees and entire teams and departments. One thing is certain: employees now need more orientation than ever before. How do remote employees stay motivated?
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Human closeness, continuous exchange and a sense of community - important aspects that require the utmost attention in virtual teams that are led in a decentralized way. Below, we have put together four concrete approaches that help you maintain and even increase employee motivation and productivity in your company over the long term.

1. Continuously communicate your company's vision!

The goals, values and visions of a company are often eclipsed by day-to-day operations. Especially when implementing hybrid work models, it is important to stay in touch with each individual employee through continuous communication.

By regularly communicating your corporate strategy and goals, you create a clear, mental framework for your remote employees. For you, too, as a manager, constantly raising awareness of your corporate goals is very helpful. This view on things helps you as a manager to look beyond everyday operations - and thus ensures advanced thought processes regarding the strategic orientation of the company.

2. Use the satisfaction of your customers as a form of motivation!

If your employees are not aware of the impact of their own work, the motivation and the usual quality of the results will be lost in the long run. Therefore, remind your teams of the impact of their work by, for example, communicating and sharing positive feedback from customers or business partners in a timely manner.

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Successful work results of individual employees or teams can thus be highlighted by you as a manager - making your colleagues feel connected to their employer and the company's goals even outside of their remote workspace. This not only promotes the motivation of your team sustainably but also enhances success and productivity.

3. Use close feedback loops with your employees for a proactive exchange!

Take a proactive approach to remote work collaboration. Particularly in decentralized cooperation, it is essential that you as a manager do not lose sight of your employees and keep in touch.

To ensure that your expectations (and specifications) regarding the work to be done are met, defining the horizon of expectations together and providing targeted feedback is crucial. 

The regular integration of feedback circles offers opportunities for the project- or task-related feedback as well as space for the tried-and-tested "open ear": Use the exchange to get a picture of your employees' well-being: How are your people doing in their new work environment, remote workspace or hybrid forms of collaboration?


4. Trust your employees and lead the company in a results-oriented way!

Motivation must be ensured when work is carried out remotely - this is the only way to achieve your corporate goals in the long term. With the right approach, productivity in remote workspaces is even higher than in traditional offices: According to a study by the DAK , employees who are experienced in new work feel that they are more productive when working remotely than in the office.

However, when transitioning to remote work, managers often tend to exercise more control than they do in the office setting.

Therefore, give your employees room for freedom of decision by delegating responsibility within an appropriate framework. A lived culture of trust is proven to increase job satisfaction and thus the motivation of your employees: Laut Statista , 86% of employees state that it would increase their job satisfaction if they were given responsibility. 

Therefore, increased room to maneuver also strengthens the independent work of your employees remotely or in hybrid teams.

In combination with asynchronous communication, this creates important freedom for you as a manager: You can devote more time to strategic issues or develop your teams further. Ultimately, everyone wins.

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