It’s no secret that at Pesto, we believe remote work is the future. From unlocking opportunity for millions around the world to allowing teams to work from where they are at their best, there are many advantages of building distributed teams.
That said, one of the biggest challenges of working remotely is keeping your team motivated and on track.
Remote work can be lonely.
And without a strategy to in place to help combat some of the downsides of working remote, it can wreak havoc on your team’s productivity and morale.
One of the best ways to help keep your team in sync is by working to provide feedback loops on a consistent basis.
Here are a few useful tips and suggestions on how to keep your team happy and heard.
Make Time For Regular Checkins and Feedback
Whether you’re the CEO of a remote-first organization, or a manager responsible for overseeing dozens of employees around the globe, you must make time to provide regular feedback.
When working remotely, it can be easy to get lost in your own to-do-list and forget to give your team and employees the regular feedback they need to thrive.
Making time for regular feedback doesn’t mean you have an excuse to micromanage or check in on progress every 5 minutes.
But a planned time to sync with your team and provide suggestions on how to improve can go a long way.
Is someone on your time going through some tough personal issues which are affecting their work? Are they feeling under the weather?
Regular checkins can allow you to adjust your expectations and ensure your employees feel valued and cared for. It really can make all the difference.
Acknowledge A Job Well Done
Just as making time to check in on your team can be helpful to boost morale, making a conscious effort to acknowledge good work is also essential.
While in a traditional work environment, it’s easy to stop by a coworkers desk and say “great job on the report,” it’s not always that easy when working remote.
If you’re a manager, go out of your way to highlight areas in which your team did a great job.
Make you praise public if possible to demonstrate you value the full team’s effort.
Something as simple as posting in Slack “Great job on the latest marketing campaign team,” can really boost productivity and job satisfaction.
Show Your Willingness To Help
As a manager or executive of a distributed team, make it clear that you’re available as a resource to help when needed.
Often times in a remote work environment, employees may not feel comfortable speaking up and asking for help in fear of disrupting your schedule.
One simple way to implement this is to hold weekly office hours in which members of your team can reach out to connect.
Office hours encourages employees to show initiative and reach out if they need assistance.
A team that feels supported is more likely to do better work and get more done.
Create A Culture That Celebrates Small Wins
At Pesto, we recently implemented a “small wins” channel where our team can celebrate their small wins throughout the week.
From acknowledging a job well done on website redesign, to an employee sharing their excitement about spending time with their family, the small wins channel is a source of motivation and way to strengthen company culture.
Building a culture that celebrates the progress of what is often a long and challenging startup journey can help boost morale and keep the team focused when times are tough.
Don’t Be Afraid of Meetings
While meetings notoriously have a reputation of being a waste of time, they can be incredibly impactful in a remote environment.
Though you don’t need to have dozens of meetings every day, don’t be afraid to schedule a team sync every couple of weeks to go over pressing issues, projects, and deadlines.
To make the most of the meetings you do have, make sure to have a clear agenda of what you hope to accomplish before the meeting kicks off.
Over To You
How do you keep your team motivated while working remotely? What do you do to provide regular feedback loops for your employees? Let us know in the comments below!