One of my favorite things about owning a company in the 21st century is that we can do just about anything from a computer. There are no rules anymore about where your company has to operate, which means that hiring employees is no longer constrained by geography. Remote talent is the reason Priority VA can exist as a company, by connecting entrepreneurs with virtual assistants.

While studies show that virtual employees can actually be more productive than those stuck in an office, we as leaders cannot neglect the extra work required to motivate the distributed team.

In this episode, you’ll hear ways to motivate and encourage your distributed team to perform their best. Within my own company, I’ve discovered that motivation generally comes from three categories.

  • Workplace culture – There are obvious challenges to creating culture when the majority of your team is distributed. But I’m sharing some best practices that we’ve found particularly helpful.
  • Feedback and expectations – How do you create regular feedback loops and determine expectations? I’ll share some interesting stats on the subject and share insight into how we do this in my company.
  • Support and lifelines – No matter how independent your remote workers may say they are, everyone needs human contact. Learn how you can combat “lonely island syndrome”.

Motivating a distributed team doesn’t have to be complicated, but you do have to be intentional. I’ll give you all the tools you need in this episode!

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

Outsourcing In The Future: How Current Trends Are Shaping The Next Phases Of Business
Intuit 2020 Report
Virtual Vocations
4 ways to keep remote team happy and motivated
Motivated a distributed team
How to build a culture in remote teams
Joys of working as a distributed team
6 motivating conversation starters for remote team
5 best practices for managing a remote team
How to hack an open office plan
Praise increases productivity
“What can we be doing better as a team and a company?”
Hiring Remote Workers Made My Team More Productive
The Enneagram Institute
CliftonStrengths
DISC Profile
KOBLE A™
16Personalities