4 Ways To Keep Your Employees Motivated During This Coronavirus Period
The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed everything in the workplace, each staff has been asked to work remotely, stay in their homes and observe social distancing. In light of this, you need your employees to be motivated to keep up. As employees adjust how, when and where they work, it’s a great opportunity for you to do your part in the best way you can.
I have listed out a few things that will help you keep your employees motivated through these trying times.
Create a sense of belonging :
One way to create a sense of belonging with your employees is through constant communication. Use tools like Zoom or Slack to catch up with meetings. Encourage your employees to stay connected and in touch. Since working remotely is the only option, please make sure everyone has access to data. Also, ask your employees for suggestions on how to make work better during this period. This just reinforces your commitment to them – plus you are likely to get brilliant ideas you hadn’t considered.
Also, to help employees adapt to remote work quickly, create online guides or short tutorials on topics such as: how to use online conferencing tools, how to manage your time while juggling responsibilities at home, coping with isolation, etc. This provides leadership and again demonstrates empathy.
Enable teamwork and collaboration :
Connect through collaboration. Without collaboration and teamwork, there won’t be progress in the organization. Therefore, it’s important to use whatever tools you have to get people working together to solve problems. For example, social collaboration tools like Trello or slack might be new to some remote work employees but others may know how to use it, teamwork will mean those who know how to use it will teach those who don’t. Use the tools to spread collaboration and avoid employees feeling isolated.
Maintain friendly social interactions in your new virtual office :
Encourage your managers to schedule virtual “lunch chats” with team members in between meetings for some friendly, non-work conversation. Team members should get creative and have a little fun with visuals to express themselves. E.g. using GIFs to relax conversations via slack or other channels of communication.
Get employee feedback on how they're feeling :
Due to this world crisis, emotions are high right now and members of your team will take time to adjust to this change. Feedback should also be welcomed because not everything will go perfectly. An important component of engagement is employees feeling that they are heard. Asking for feedback demonstrates your willingness to listen. Also, let employees know how you acted on their suggestions.