How to keep your team motivated during lockdown
The last few months have seen a considerable change to all our daily lives. Most teams have now been working remotely for a considerable length of time and combined with other challenges such as home-schooling children, caring for relatives, anxiety over job security and a change to usual activities. All of which can all have a significant impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. With this in mind, it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re there for your team. As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve put together some top tips for motivating your team during the lockdown, and beyond:
1) Get Social
We can’t meet in the ways we used to, or have the same social interactions with our colleagues, but there are many ways you can still get your team together when working remotely. Schedule in a weekly coffee morning for people to drop into, or perhaps a virtual drink at the week to unwind and get together as a team. You could even set up a team WhatsApp, Teams or instant message group for non-work-related chat.
2) Keep Active
Cabin fever can get to even the most positive people. Encouraging your team to get out and about for some exercise every day, or even just to sit in their garden or another room away from their laptop can do them the world of good. With restrictions eased in the UK, try and encourage your team to make the most of this, whilst staying alert to the risks.
3) Make a schedule
When working from home it’s easy to let boundaries slip, so it’s more important than ever to create that work-life balance. Work with your team to establish a healthy balance for them, that incorporates homeschooling or care if needed, but ensures they aren’t working all hours of the day. Check they have everything they need to be productive from home – do they need an extra monitor or a keyboard from the office to improve their remote set-up?
4) Know your team
As their manager, your probably know your team, and their personalities, the best. This knowledge will enable you to know who is likely to need the most support during this time. Do you have people who carry stress easily or are prone to anxiety? Try and offer them practical advice and support to help them cope with the changes facing them to avoid burnout and stress. Making yourself available through multiple channels will help with the virtual Open-Door policy.
Just because you’re not your usual workplace and having face-to-face contact, don’t forget to check in regularly and offer encouragement, gratitude and praise to your team. Perhaps even have a small token of your appreciation delivered to them if they’re gone above and beyond on a task.