It can be difficult to establish a positive workplace culture and synergy between team members in remote work settings. That’s why so many businesses are desirous for their employees to return full-time to the office. But for a lot of companies, work-from-home (WFH) or hybrid solutions are their present and future reality. It’s necessary for these companies, then, to pay attention to building strong remote worker morale.
Thanks to technology, remote work has become much easier to manage. It’s possible for team members to communicate in real time, hold digital meetings, and send and receive files effortlessly. And employers with remote teams can harness the same technology that’s used for formal meetings and the practical completion of assignments for building team morale. This can be done through such simple means as encouraging remote team members to meet up online to share their lunch breaks together, or scheduling time in an online meeting to play a round of Would You Rather or some other game to help employees get to know one another better – much like they would when chatting around a physical watercooler.
Since working from home is significantly different from working in an office, employers also want to balance monitoring worker productivity with enabling employees to budget their time according to their specific WFH situation. Allowing workers flexitime while still ensuring productive output and regular working hours is possible when using free employee monitoring software. By giving workers both freedom and structure, it’s possible to boost employee morale and encourage productivity and positive outputs.
It can take time and possibly a bit more effort to effectively build a positive team dynamic when employing remote workers, but it’s not impossible. Flexibility, clear communication, and balancing work with relationship building can all boost employee morale and lead to efficient remote teams.