“People today really value workplace flexibility and remote work because it allows them to focus their energies on work and life as opposed to commuting or other complications due to geography.” —Ken Matos
The entire workforce has an unexpected digital paradigm shift due to the Covid-19 crisis. Work from home has become the new normal in response to prevent the spread. The transition has become a bittersweet experience for both the managers and employees as they upskill and reskill with the latest trends.
Offline management of your employees seemed straightforward, compared to today’s daily struggle of remote working. Various disputes arise when managing your entire remote team. Cases of work burnouts, demotivation, and lack of resources are a few common challenges that a remote worker may face. These roadblocks hamper your employees’ productivity and affect their performance and your organization’s outputs.
Facing such challenges, how can a leader keep his business thriving?
Are you facing a similar kind of situation? If yes, then you’re in the right place.
Today I will share with you a few ways to pump up your remote employee management.
Why is effective remote employee management required?
Teleworking has grown over the years as technology advances. You can refer to the infographic that says how remote working is widely accepted.
(Infographic source: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/617767273875983473/)
Now I would like you to picture the struggle while working remotely.
As per the Buffer’s State of Remote Working, the challenges mentioned below are familiar to a daily remote worker.
(Image source: https://buffer.com/state-of-remote-work-2019)
It doesn’t matter how exciting the process may look initially, but remote working may disrupt the employee’s work-life balance. Employees unknowingly start living a pessimistic lifestyle that may invite health problems like obesity, joint pains, depressions, and diabetes.
Thus it’s time to reconsider your management strategies in terms of employee wellbeing and motivation.
Here are the top reasons to answer you why remote employee management is essential.
- Taking care of your employees generates their trust for the organization.
- It will boost your employee productivity even remotely.
- It helps you connect better with your employee’s mental health.
- It will nurture a robust employee-manager relationship.
- It will help them to stay productive and unplug from work.
Five-way to help you manage and motivate your remote employees effectively
- Prioritize employees mental health
Work from home sometimes builds unwanted pressure on your employees. They complain about missing deadlines and the security of the job. It has created mental stress and depression issues, which may end up in life-threatening decisions. It’s of utmost essential as leaders to de-stress their remote team. It assures them that you care about their wellbeing. This will also develop a mutual trust between you and your team.
Ways to do it: Empathize with their problems and show them that you care. Set daily achievable goals that do not demoralize your employee’s confidence. Use various office communication tools and keep dedicated 24/7 helpline service.
- Gamify your routine virtual conferences
Gamification is the best way to have an interactive session with your remote teams. This will revitalize your employees before starting or in between the session. It will build team spirit and motivate them to perform better in their task.
Way to do it: Play strategy building games before or at the end of the session. You can also give them mini projects or case studies to present before the entire team.
- Provide free subscription to health and fitness app
Strict lockdown rules have bound everyone at home. But one cannot ignore the fact of taking good care of health and wellness. So as a leader, you can guide your employees with some health promotion tips. You may also organize virtual wellness sessions. This will uplift your employee morale and trust for the organization.
Way to do it: Offer free subscription of employee wellness apps. There you can run team wellness campaigns with a specific health goal. Also, incentivizing it will encourage greater participation.
- Encourage feedback session
To measure your team progress, its vital to have proper reciprocations. Especially while working remotely, managers should keep a positive approach and open-ended communications towards their employees. This helps in building a productive and more reliable team.
Ways to do it: Ask them for suggestions and ideas on significant projects. Use a survey questionnaire to keep track of their concerns. You can take the help of employee engagement platforms and organize virtual team encouragement sessions. And offer them rewards and recognition for their contribution to your company.
You can refer to this video to understand Dos and Don’ts for remote working employees:
(Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfm1Ly5cWVI)
- Avoid micromanaging your employees
Micromanagement is a sensitive issue that has both pros and cons. But when we are considering remote working, you must take this issue with a pinch of salt.
Ways to do it: Make sure you convey your expectations of the job from your employees. Trust your employee’s potential and commitments. Offer them your experienced guidance, not pressure.