How to Motivate Employees When Working From Home

Working from home has become the norm for many companies in recent years. But with this shift comes new challenges, one of which is how to keep employees motivated.

It can be difficult to maintain the same level of energy and engagement when your team is scattered across different locations and time zones.

But fear not, there are ways to keep your employees motivated and productive even when they are working from home.

In this post, I’ll share my tips and tricks for boosting employee motivation, based on my personal experience.

So, let’s dive in and learn how to keep your remote workers engaged and motivated.

Communicate Effectively

One of the most important things you can do to keep your employees motivated is to communicate effectively.

When working from home, it’s easy for employees to feel disconnected from the rest of the team and the company as a whole. By setting up regular check-ins and making sure that everyone is on the same page, you can help to mitigate this feeling of isolation.

It’s also important to make sure that your employees feel heard and valued. Encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas, and make sure that you take their feedback seriously. This will help to build trust and create ownership among your team members.

In my experience, using a variety of communication methods can be very effective.

For example, you might use email or instant messaging for quick updates, while using video conferencing for more in-depth conversations. You could also use a team collaboration tool, such as Trello or Asana, to keep everyone on the same page and ensure that everyone is aware of the progress of projects.

Another important thing to keep in mind is to be responsive to the communication of your team.

A study we recently conducted shows that about 81% of employees feel that responsiveness from managers is key to their motivation. If you want your employees to be motivated, make sure that you are responsive to their needs and answer their questions promptly.

Just remember that quality is more important than quantity. It’s important to strike a balance between keeping your team informed and avoiding overwhelming them with too much information.

Provide Opportunities for Growth

Another key aspect of keeping your employees motivated is to provide opportunities for growth and development.

When working from home, it can be easy for employees to feel stuck in a rut and uninspired. By providing opportunities for learning and growth, you can motivate and engage your team members.

One way to do this is to provide regular training and development opportunities.

This can be in the form of workshops, webinars, or online courses. By providing your team members with access to the latest tools and techniques, you can help them to improve their skills and advance their careers.

Another way to provide opportunities for growth is to give your team members autonomy and ownership over their work.

When employees feel like they have control over their work, they are more likely to feel motivated and engaged. Encourage your team members to take ownership of their projects, and give them the freedom to make decisions and take risks.

In my experience, this is a great way to build trust and foster a sense of ownership among your team members. Also, a recent study by Harvard Business Review shows that empowering employees to make decisions leads to higher motivation and engagement.

Finally, consider offering opportunities for career progression within the company.

Employees are more motivated when they see a clear path. When they feel like they have opportunities to grow and advance, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated in their work.

Promote a Positive Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a positive work-life balance is crucial when it comes to keeping employees motivated.

Especially when working from home, employees easily can blur the lines between work and personal time, which can lead to burnout and demotivation. By promoting a healthy work-life balance, you can help to keep your employees engaged and motivated.

One way to do this is to set clear boundaries between work and personal time.

Encourage your employees to take regular breaks and to disconnect from work when they are not on the clock. This can help to reduce stress and prevent burnout.

Another way to promote a positive work-life balance is to be flexible with your team members’ schedules.

Many employees find that working from home allows them to be more productive at different times of the day. By being flexible and accommodating schedules, you can help your employees to find a schedule that works best for them.

In my experience, a happy employee is a motivated employee. And a study by Forbes shows that happy employees are 31% more productive. In short, if you promote a healthy work-life balance, you will help your employees to be happy and motivated.

Finally, consider offering benefits such as paid time off, remote work policies, and flexible work hours. These benefits can help to promote a positive work-life balance and keep employees motivated.

Encourage Team Building and Social Interaction

Working from home can be isolating, and it’s important to find ways to bring your team members together, even when they’re not physically in the same place. Encouraging team building and social interaction can help to keep employees motivated and engaged.

One way to do this is to schedule regular virtual team-building activities.

This could be something as simple as a weekly virtual coffee break or a virtual happy hour. These activities can help to foster a sense of connection and camaraderie among your team members.

Another way to encourage team building and social interaction is to use virtual collaboration tools. Platforms like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom make it easy for team members to connect and collaborate, even when they’re not in the same place.

A study by Buffer shows that social interactions at work can improve employee satisfaction by 50%. By encouraging team building and social interaction, you can help to keep your employees motivated and engaged.

You might also want to consider giving opportunities for team members to work on projects together. Collaboration is a great way to build relationships, and it also allows team members to learn from each other and develop new skills.

Provide Recognition and Rewards

Recognition and rewards are important parts of keeping employees motivated.

When working from home, employees might feel underappreciated and overlooked. By providing recognition as well as rewards, you can help to keep your team members engaged and motivated.

One way to provide recognition and rewards is to give shoutouts for a job well done. This can be as simple as sending an email or a message on a team collaboration tool, acknowledging the hard work and effort of a team member.

Another way to provide recognition and rewards is to have a rewards program. This can be in the form of bonuses, gift cards, or other incentives for meeting or exceeding performance goals. These rewards can help to keep employees motivated and engaged.

This is backed up by a study by the Society for Human Resource Management. It shows that employees who feel valued and appreciated are more likely to be satisfied and engaged with their work. So, if you provide recognition and rewards, you can help to keep your team members motivated and engaged.

In addition to that, you should consider holding an annual or bi-annual awards ceremony to recognize employee achievements, milestones and long service. This not only rewards employees for their hard work but also serves as a way to recognize and appreciate the contributions of your team members.


Keeping employees motivated when working from home can be a challenge.

However, by communicating effectively, providing opportunities for growth, promoting a positive work-life balance, encouraging team building and social interaction, and providing recognition and rewards, you can keep your team engaged and motivated.

Remember, every employee is unique and may have different motivations, so it’s important to be flexible and adaptable in your approach.

With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can help to create a positive and productive remote work environment

I hope that these tips and tricks will be helpful to you as you navigate the challenges of managing a remote team.

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Hi there, I'm James, founder of Melbado. I have over 20 years of experience as a leader and entrepreneur. Recently, I turned to leadership coaching and writing to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via our contact page.


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