With the way we work having changed dramatically, all thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more of us are setting up shop in our home offices or at our kitchen tables. But, in the throws of getting used to the new normal, it’s easy for employee morale to fade. With no physical contact with colleagues and managers, there’s no wonder some are feeling unmotivated and unenthusiastic. But, with these top tips, you’ll be able to boost morale and give your employees that jump start they need!
It’s likely that a lot of the tasks your team will be completing are individual ones. If you can, try to implement more tasks that need to be done as a team. These could be projects or presentations that need researching and completing as a group, and will encourage people to jump on calls and virtual meetings.
Host virtual meetings for your employees frequently and often within your business. This will help people to communicate better and to feel like they’re part of a team. This is especially important if you’ve had new people join the business while working remotely.
These virtual meetings are also a good idea for collaboration and for your teams to share ideas and thoughts among each other. They’re also a great way to find out whether or not your employees are happy and getting to the bottom of why as soon as possible!
Although at the moment people can’t get together in person, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and get together virtually instead! Why not look at setting up regular events like socials and games meetings. You’d be surprised how easy it is to organise a virtual game of Pictionary, bingo or even a cheese and wine evening. Reach out to the teams in your business to see what would work best for everyone.
When you’re working remotely, you may find that people go quiet and feel much less inclined to take part, give feedback and join in. Don’t worry if this happens, it’s something that can be addressed with ease. Encourage your employees to speak out and create meetings for them to be able to give feedback. This could be done in 121 meetings where you can discuss their progress and gain an insight into what they’d like to change or be done differently. Listening to those who work for you and taking on board their thoughts is a great way to boost morale!
Setting clear targets, objectives and goals can be a great way to boost morale. This is because it helps to give people a sense of purpose and achievement once they have been completed. Often when people are working from home, their motivation can dip. But, by having targets in place, this can help to keep people motivated and on track.