Prepared for Vernon S. | Delivered April 7, 2020
Motivating Remote Employees During COVID-19
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To provide a list of 10 creative and unique ways companies are motivating their remote employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and statistics to support the importance of boosting employee morale.
, a survey of "
remote workers from around the world" by Buffer and AngelList reported that
of remote workers struggle with loneliness. Another
struggle with collaboration and communication with teams, while
find it difficult to stay motivated.
Ways to Keep Employees Motivated
Recognize and reward
good works: Companies can motivate their remote employees by taking "extra steps to recognize and if practical, reward employees for going the extra mile to help colleagues and customers." Rewards and recognition can also be given for acts of kindness outside the office especially in fighting COVID-19, such as
donating to charities
. Rewards may be in the form of
local gift cards
, buying employees'
from afar. Recognition can be done online through
like Slack or rewards
for workspaces such as
teamwork and collaboration
of remote workers struggling with collaboration and communication, it is important for companies to make sure remote employees connect with other members of the team through
social collaboration tools
and office interactions. Companies can schedule "
virtual coffee chats
with team members in between meetings for friendly, non-work conversation." The use of
GIFs and emojis
for self-expression should be encouraged.
technology to enhance communication: In making a "workforce feel more included," email alone is
, it is important to use the latest communication tools such as
video conferencing apps
and other tools(Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Slack, etc) to keep employees engaged and motivated. Through effective communication and
, companies can
: Providing opportunities for professional development is an effective way to keep employees motivated and engaged. These
include "tackling new projects, learning new skills, and developing one's repertoire." Companies can give their employees
when registering for online courses, or if practical, "register their teams for online classes." In fact,
of respondents in a recent survey indicated that "job-related training and development opportunities influenced their decision to stay at their job."