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The 6 Tools To Inspire Your Remote Team

Leading a team in business is hard. Leading a team that is working remotely is even harder. Just last year it might have been said that leading a remote team was not for the faint of heart. Yet this year, practically every team has unwittingly been turned into a remote team. Practically every leader, whether faint of heart or not, has been turned into a remote team leader.

Those who work remotely and those who lead them each face their own unique challenges. The logistics involved in remote work can be difficult from the outset. However, once the proper tools and processes are in place, work begins to flow fairly smoothly.

There are so many tools that make it simple to work remotely. As a leader, you can have confidence that your business processes will transfer seamlessly into a remote work setting and that your team will easily learn how to utilize the various online tools. With a bit of downloading, account creation, and training, your team can be fully set to work cohesively with one another from their own homes.

As a leader, the more difficult hurdle lies in discovering how to inspire your team to work productively with focused determination. Whether members of your team regularly work remotely or they are only working remotely due to current circumstances, it is important that they are able to focus on the heart of the business instead of just the structure.

Though you may not have the same means of building a strong and loyal team with company buy-in, that doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability. It is essential that you transform your mindset so that you can use the tools at your disposal to inspire the same passion, productivity, and camaraderie in your team that you would in a physical setting.

The trouble with remote work

The main problem that accompanies remote work is the reduction of passion and efficiency. With the numerous personal distractions that remote employees face, they tend to spend less time on their work tasks than they would at the office. This, alongside the fact that they don’t have anyone overseeing their work regularly, causes them to be less productive.

It’s also important to note that when working from home, employees are often consumed with their personal matters and stressors. This can cause a drastic reduction in motivation and efficiency. Although those same troubles exist whether the employee is working from home or from the office, it is much easier for them to mentally remove themselves from those issues when they are away from home. For some, these personal issues are so prominent that it can become very difficult for them to focus on work if they are not at the office.

Add to the mix the uncertainty and distressing circumstances of a pandemic, and you may be dealing with a number of employees who not only are having trouble with the heart of their work, but are also just having trouble getting out of bed.

Not only does the productivity of remote workers lessen, they also tend to lose a bit of the determination and vision that comes with being physically immersed in the culture of the workplace. Co-workers often feel less connected with each other, which easily leads to a lack of teamwork and is especially damaging when those employees are supposed to be working together towards a common goal.

In a business that is not simply about checking boxes and following a process, it is a necessity that there is inspiration, connection, and vision. While working remotely makes it difficult for employees to find those essential components, that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Inspiring Your Remote Team

As the leader, you have the ability to inspire your team while they are working remotely. You can ensure that they are connected, motivated, and excited about the work that they’re doing. By using the digital tools that your company has in place for remote work, you can meet with your team regularly to build essential qualities such as productivity and motivation.

In order to keep your team inspired, you need to see them and they need to see you. You need to create a digital environment that allows connection, discussion, and problem solving.

  1. By using a video conferencing platform, you can get your entire team together. In these meetings, you will be able to share important information, expectations, and details. However, the last thing you want to do is make these meetings all about listening to you. Don’t forget that you want to inspire your team, not make them tune out.
  2. Be creative with your regular video meetings. Open the meetings for discussion, q&a, and for ideas from the members of your team. Allow them to discuss any issues they’re having, any solutions they have thought up, any changes they think should be made. Listen to them and make sure they know that you hear them and value their thoughts.
  3. You will also want to use these meetings for a little fun. It doesn’t all need to be about work. One of the best ways to inspire others is to lighten things up and allow some personal connection. You can play games together, hold challenges, or even let the entire meeting become a time of connection, joking, and team-building.
  4. Use other digital tools to make it simple for your team to connect with one another and with you. Choose a messaging app that each person can download onto their phone to be kept in the loop on all projects and information, as well as to simply connect throughout the day. This ensures that no one is left alone and no one is in the dark about
    things. Your team needs each other in order to keep motivated and productive, so make it easy for them to connect.
  5. Ask questions to your team during your video meetings as well as through chat and emails. These should be questions that allow them to open up and share their struggles and ideas. You want your team to be able to focus, to have what they need to get their job done, and to continue working together while apart. The best way for you to understand their needs is to simply ask.
  6. Take action on things that were brought to your attention through questions and discussions in order to show your employees that you care about their needs and concerns.

When you are able, make any changes that team members brought to your attention. If you’re unable to make changes, at least address the issue and talk to your employees about it. In order to keep your employees inspired, you need to show them that they have a team with them, and a leader who cares.

When your team is working remotely it is even more important to keep them inspired, connected, and productive. It may not be as easy as sharing an office, but it is definitely possible.

Use digital tools to ensure regular connection, sharing, and communication. Have some fun with your team on a consistent basis. When your employees know that they’re not alone, even when they’re working at home, they’ll feel more motivated and passionate about getting things done.

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