Working from home has become the new norm for many people, and as the threat of COVID-19 subsides, many businesses are waking up to the fact that they don’t need to return all their teams to the office, many can continue to work remotely.
But without face-to-face contact, employee turnover could become a risk as you get to grips with trying to motivate your team in this new setting. But how exactly do you retain talent?
Here’s how to foster employee happiness while remote working.
Ongoing learning is very beneficial to your team, especially when working from home. Remote learning gives employees a sense of routine, control, and motivation.
Of course, it’s also a great opportunity for employees to raise their skill levels allowing them to feel confident and empowered, this, in turn, allows them to feel positive.
Autonomous learning allows the individual the freedom to learn anytime and anywhere. This is great for employees that are short on time.
To ensure your team is happy and engaged in their work and able to meet their goals, they need to feel as though they’re at their best.
There are many potential well-being hazards that remote workers face. Working from home can be quite an isolating experience. In addition to this, striking work and home life balance can become tricky when you live in your workplace.
You should be mindful of the fact that your team will be facing these issues, and you should tackle this accordingly.
To ensure your team is feeling good, you should promote wellbeing and mindfulness. Consider running virtual classes in breathing or yoga. In addition to this, allow your team to connect online socially.
Host Online Team-Building Activities
Everything that your company does with in-house workers should be open to virtual workers. Running social activities promotes team bonding and helps foster great working relationships.
You might want to consider running a pub quiz, or a book or movie club that people can sign up to if they wish.
Many remote workers miss the spontaneous conversations that they might have in the workplace such as at ‘the water cooler.’
Find online tools such as Slack that allow your team to have regular contact with other members of the same team. Make sure you have channels of communication that are not just about work. Having the ability to have spontaneous communication with co-workers is great for employee happiness.
Communication and collaboration are essential ways to keep your team happy and motivated. They allow your team to feel included and proceed with tasks more effectively.
How to Foster Employee Happiness Remotely
Employee burnout is a very real problem and you should do everything you can to foster employee happiness when you have a remote team.
Actively encourage your employees to take part in learning activities, engage with one another through team-building, and promote wellbeing.
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