Keeping Remote Teams Motivated
Many leaders have crossed the first hurdles of ensuring that their remote team members have set up their tech tools and defined their processes. The next step is keeping everyone engaged and motivated. Though academic research on remote productivity is mixed, with some studies saying it declines while others promising it increases, Lindsay McGregor, co-author of The New York Times bestseller Primed to Perform and co-founder and CEO of Vega Factor, a technology and consulting firm, says success depends on how you do it:
Motivators that lead to increased productivity, says McGregor, include play (the joy of problem-solving with a colleague), purpose (visibility into one’s impact on clients or colleagues), and potential (access to colleagues that teach and mentor). What can leaders do to try to keep these elements present in remote work? McGregor suggests the following weekly rhythm:
If you are suddenly working remotely, do you feel more or less motivated in your role, and why? To join the conversation, click "comments" above.
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5/12/2020 11:23:04 am
It is harder for me. Have been having trouble accessing links and not having necessary software, trouble downloading, etc. I am a non-techie clerk who now has to be at a higher level. I am a senior, computers not second nature to me. I miss having younger co-workers a desk away that I can quickly ask questions and get solutions. I am often unmotivated and distracted. I read actual books for professional development, but that leads to sitting a lot and lack of physical exercise. In my pre-covid job, I was shelving library material and active, it’s different now, yes, but doing the best I can and trying hard not to sees too much about what I am unable to do.
5/12/2020 02:10:25 pm
Hi Marilyn, first it is important to recognize you are not alone. Even young people are struggling to keep up with this new reality. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep yourself motivated and learning something new that will help bring up your technical expertise. First, search for a fellow employee who is more technically astute than you are. If none come to mind, connect with your immediate supervisor and let her/him know that you are eager to do the best job possible but sometimes get held up by a minor technical issue. Can she/he suggest a contact who might be available for a quick question? Here’s another thought: Youtube has a remarkable library of answers to questions on virtually anything. Just pose your question and odds are good that some civilian will patiently provide an answer. Finally, it’s important to get out and get some exercise for health in mind and body. Even if it’s raining, movement can raise you spirits and give you time to think. Hope some of this was helpful. Thanks for your question and stay healthy.
10/4/2020 09:44:17 pm
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10/6/2020 11:33:24 am
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