Get Your Online Team Engaged And Motivated


Get Your Online Team Engaged and Motivated

By Inspirofreak


A study done by Gallup revealed that only 13% of workers say that they are actively engaged. Only 28% of employees said that the company are making use of their full skills, and that 2 out of 3 millennials are expecting to leave their jobs by 2020 . Employee turnover costs a company an estimated 1.5 times the employee’s salary. Online teams miss out on the social aspects of a work environment. Using technology to their advantage will help teams engage and motivate each other professionally and personally.


Employee engagement drivers


Working online has many benefits, but brings unique challenges. Keeping teams motivated and engaged has to be planned for. Employment engagement drivers include MEANING (that your job has a purpose), AUTONOMY (flexibility to fit your job into your environment so it suits you), GROWTH (being challenged so you can progress), IMPACT (positive outcomes as a result of your work) and CONNECTION (sense of belonging).


Recognition is key


Most of employee recognition systems still focus on long service. Employees don’t feel that they get enough recognition. According to Human Resources Today, the number 1 reason people resign is limited recognition and praise. 40% of workers would work harder if their employer made effort to recognize them often.


Employees feel disconnected


Online employees have a need to bond with management to maintain a meaningful relationships. Management has a huge influence on employee engagement scores. Companies that focus on increased engagement and motivation experienced 10% higher ratings from customers, a 21% higher profitability and 20% increase in productivity, which leads to lower turnover and lower absenteeism.


What is your gamification strategy?

Many companies make use of gamification tools to boost online employee performance, engagement and motivation. Think games and challenges, leaderboards and badges. Badgeville, Bunchball, Workplace Arcade and GamEffective are some of the products that can be used. Companies could launch challenges, set up teams and award tangible prizes.


Using Social Media to your advantage

Forbes has reported that Social Media can boost online employee engagement.  Facebook has launched Workplace to cater for the corporate world. This is a dedicated space where employees can connect, collaborate with and motivate each other. The advantage of using such a space is that most people knows how it works if they use Facebook. Other services in the market are Slack, Yammer and G Suite. It increases efficiency and minimizes email. Having a home channel/group where colleagues can share photos etc. that are not work related can make them more productive while being part of an online team.


Building engagement from the ground up


Define your measures and goals. You cannot force people to be active on social media. Measurable targets for engagement will help you know what you are aiming for. Share interesting and relevant content. Help your employees understand why they should get involved. Ongoing communication is crucial. Use incentives and gamification. Offer Social Media Training. Weave the social media activity into their everyday responsibilities.


Having online teams are advantageous for business, as long as there are steps being taken to actively engage and motivate team members. Establishing a sense of community will communicate that you care, remember, a happy worker is a productive worker.


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Jana du Toit






By Inspirofreak

You are attending your own funeral…Someone is reading your obituary. What flashes through your mind? Steven Covey says: “Begin with an end in mind.” Start planning and stop being on autopilot.

Conceive a legitimate purpose and set out to accomplish it. Everybody has the capacity for genius! Find your inner Einstein/Mozart. Get passionate, stop visualising worst case scenarios and start dreaming.

According to Steve Chandler, there are a few things we can do to motivate ourselves:

1. Your brain operates like a Google search engine. See my explanation about the unconscious mind in my article…
Ask yourself:
A. What is good in my life?
B. What is there still to be done?

All we achieve or fail to achieve lie in our minds. As a man thinks, so he is says Proverbs 23:7. There can be no achievement without sacrifice.

Everything in life has a CAUSE and EFFECT. Good thoughts produce good things and vice versa.

James Allen says that you receive what you earn, no more, no less. Your outer reality will ALWAYS be related to your PHILOSOPHY. Circumstances grow out of thought through self-discipline. The body is a servant of the mind.

2. If you dream of living/doing things like your favourite tv show, get off the couch! Watching people lose weight won’t make you thin, watching women hustle won’t make you successful. Do you want to experience nature through the tv screen or do you want to see it for yourself? Take action!

3. Stop saying “I don’t have willpower.” That is a lie! If you didn’t have willpower, you wouldn’t have gotten out of bed, or fed yourself. Willpower is a muscle, train it!

4. Stop making decisions based on your past failures. Start fresh, as if it’s the first time.

5. Why do we keep doing something even though you know it holds you back? You do it because it’s COMFORTABLE. Train the quit out of you.

6. Develop some new REPLACEMENT habits. Build SUPPORT habits to support your habits e.g. drinking enough water while trying a new diet.

7. Get some coaching, not because the coach is a better player, but a coach can look at your life from an objective perspective. Let them tell you what they see. It doesn’t have to cost money to get a mentor. Ask someone you admire to give you some pointers.

8. Make a list of STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES. How can you use your weaknesses to your best ability to create a competetive advantage?

9. Be a FINISHER. Fatigue comes from not finishing. Build a personal record of finishing tasks.

10. When you relax, make sure you relax what needs relaxing. If you have a job with lots of mind stuff, do something with your body. If you are a hands on worker, go do something with your mind. Stimulate your brain even during recovery.

I will leave you with the following definition of DHARMA. Go out and chase your dreams!

The Law of Dharma:
Seek your highest self. Discover your unique talents. Ask yourself how you are best suited to serve humanity. Using your unique talents and serving others brings unlimited bliss and abundance. – Deepak Chopra

Thanks for taking the time to read this, if you’ve found it valuable, like my page @Inspirofreak on Facebook, or follow my blog @ for more.

Jana du Toit