It’s hot out, the sun is shining, kids are (still) home for the summer & most people would rather be doing anything else but sitting behind a desk from 9-5 pm. Especially since a lot of us are working from home these days.
Keeping your employees on track & motivated while they’re working from home during COVID-19 can be a challenge. No regular face-to-face meetings, impromptu working lunches, or chats by the water cooler. Some places even have reduced working hours for the summer months.
Here are 5 things you can do to keep your employees focused & engaged during those long, hot summer workdays.
1. Celebrate Success
Not being physically together doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your employees. Thank-you cards or phone calls are an easy to way connect with an employee & congratulate them on their success. Sending out a team-wide email celebrating a group or individual success can help boost morale & keep team members connected.
2. Set Goals
Settings goals for your employees & team members is a great way to keep them on track with their workload. Friendly competition or incentive can make daunting work more enjoyable. Set the bar high but within reach & clearly communicate any goals so employees can look back on them for reference.
3. Keep Them Up to Date
Employees that feel valued & or play an active role in the company’s development, the more likely they are to resist authority & follow the rules. Keeping in regular contact with employees & team members by filling them in on new projects or keeping them in the loop about their return to work plan can lead to insightful information. Having weekly or monthly meetings with your team keeps everyone on the same page. These regular meetings can also be used as a time to check in with employees & see how they’re doing outside of work. Everyone is dealing with new struggles & it’s important to try and keep some sense of normalcy.
4. Establish an Enjoyable Atmosphere
Right now, your employees may not be working in the office or are only going in as needed. Creating a workspace that employees feel welcomed by and comfortable in is important, particularly during this uncertain time. Safety is going to be at the top of everyone’s mind & keeping a positive attitude starts from the top. When employees are happy, they’re more motivated to get work done!
5. Provide Tools for Success
How well can you fix a car engine without the proper tools? The same goes for your employees. A lack of sufficient tools can result in a drop in productivity & increase in frustration. Think about it – how productive can you be if your computer constantly restarts or the printer always jams.
Keeping your employees motivated while working remotely, or as one of the few in the office, is challenging to say the least. Implementing employee reward & recognition programs, maintaining a sense of team normalcy, & giving them tools to succeed are a few ways you can battle the dog days of summer.