Working from home is nothing new. The work-fromhome approach started to take shape at the turn of Y2K and has grown ever since. In fact, there has been a 91% increase in remote workers in the last ten years. And the reasons for the increase were built around proven, positive findings - things like an increased talent pool and improved retention rates.Those work-from-home employees have their routine down and are pros at making all work. No wonder, since 70% of people who are full-time remote workers have been working remotely for at least three years.
Now enter coronavirus and the world has changed. Millions of people who have never worked remotely before find themselves at home trying to stay focused, keep their productivity high, and get things done. Fortunately, today’s tech tools allow those workers to be as productive as they would be if they were working in the office -- at least in theory. But what all that working from home does to company culture and employee motivation is a different thing altogether. As workers deal with this significant change, it’s time for leaders to step up and Motivosity can be a significant help.
No it’s not as easy as telling everyone, “Just work from home.” Aside from things like the need for high speed internet, a good computer, PCI compliance, good cell phone coverage, and a host of other items, some employees just aren’t wired in a way to thrive disconnected from their coworkers. A majority of people are considered “social” by nature. They enjoy their interactions with others - and work is a place where they normally spend a good chunk of their waking hours. So here are how strong leaders and Motivosity can help.
In times of uncertainty, strong leaders lead. Be a calming influence. Let your team members know that you’ve got your eye on the problem and that you’ll make changes as needed. Don’t panic. Help reassure your team that you all have faced problems successfully together before and that you’ll succeed again. During these challenges, people look and respect those that aren’t under-reacting, but also aren’t over-reacting.
Definitely be a communicator. Share your plans with team members. Be tuned into their needs and make the communication a conversation. One size doesn’t fit all, so as people have unique needs, talk with them about those needs and do what you can to be accommodating.
Start by focusing on what really matters to employees -- what motivates them and keeps them engaged? The top three are feeling appreciated for their work, having a solid relationship with their manager, and feeling a sense of community with their coworkers. Here is how Motivosity can help with all three and be a life line for remote workers:
It’s a weird time for everyone. Change in the work environment can be extremely hard for some. Don’t leave it to chance. Yes, tell them to wash their hands and to not touch their face. Have them work from home, if you think that is the right thing to do. Then, do what you can to keep your employees engaged and thriving by stepping up your leadership skills and using a tool like Motivosity to help.