HOW TO BOOST STAFF MORALE DURING REMOTE WORKING
COVID 19 AND THE RESULTING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REMOTE WORKING HAS PRESENTED WORK PLACES WITH UNIQUE CHALLENGES AROUND HOW TO MOTIVATE STAFF AND BOOST MORALE. THE DESSERT ATELIER HAVE COME UP WITH A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP!
Whilst it seems that life as we traditionally know it has come to an abrupt holt for the time being, those that are lucky enough to still be operating are still working... and many remotely. This in itself has created numerous challenges that many workplaces have not had to deal with before....until now.
One of the number one issues employers and managers currently face is maintaining a healthy level of staff morale and motivation whilst their team is working in isolation.
Beds and sofas have now become the new work desk, and for many 9-5 has morphed into from ‘when my eyes open’ to ‘when my eyes close’. So much has changed for so many, and this new reality has become their new normal.
Whilst working from home definitely has its advantages (think Netflix breaks), the lack of face to face contact can at times feel isolating and depressing and result in lower staff morale, productivity and efficiency. This has left many managers wondering how to keep their staff motivated at such a time?
Every company has developed its own set of strategies to cope with staff and team morale issues, but we have compiled a list of the most effective ideas we can think of to keep staff motivation and productivity high during lockdown.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Call, text and send out weekly emails with updates to inform your staff formally of any procedural changes, strategies and results. This will help your employees feel connected to what is happening and help them stay to remain focused on their assigned tasks and the business as a whole.
Whilst this pandemic has created a sense of isolation and that of being alone... social media has allowed us all to reach out and connect to be alone together. It is the perfect tool for work places to encourage the team to connect with each other in a more social way to inspire a sense of comradary. Whats app and Facebook groups are the perfect aps to encourage staff to share pictures, videos, and memes to keep morale positive.
‘VIRTUAL’ MEETINGS AND EVENTS
You may also choose to utilise online meeting platforms such as Zoom in order to provide staff with a sense of face to face. This is also a great way to get staff to ‘dress up for work’ to encourage a bit more ‘professionalism’ and provide a bit more structure to the day, as staying in pyjamas all day can make the day seem to drift. You may like to use these types of platforms for ‘formal’ meetings or even more informal one such as ‘Friday knock off drinks’ or a ‘work dinner’.
SAY THANK YOU
Let your staff know regularly that you appreciate the lengths that they are going to to keep up productivity under such strange circumstances. Schedule in a call regularly to ask them one on one how they are coping and thank them for their efforts.
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