With many of us working from home, it can be easy to become sluggish when spending most of our day in the house. Remote working can reduce our activity, as well as limiting our interaction with our co-workers. This impacts employee motivation and productivity, as employees feel isolated and de-energised at work.
So how can team leaders re-energise their teams? Leading by example is a great way to encourage your employees to follow to encourage an energetic and enthusiastic workforce. Whether you can find a full hour or just five minutes, here are 5 ideas to boost morale and motivation, creating an interactive working environment from home.
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to clear your head and help you to focus on the present moment. The best part is it can be done anywhere at any time and can take as little as five minutes to make you feel more relaxed and focused.
Lots of free videos and apps are available which offer guided meditation to get you started. Once you know how to practice mindfulness, you’ll be able to do it yourself with ease.
Engage your team by doing a group mindfulness session in a break or at lunchtime. This is a quick and effective way to focus your team and encourage positive mental wellbeing.
Sitting at a desk all day can make us feel sluggish and stiff. Working from home has only increased our sedentary lifestyles, which can lead to long term health problems. Active breaks are a great way to energise your team while also looking after our physical wellbeing. Schedule a short break into your next meeting and encourage everyone to get up, stretch and grab a snack.
Alternatively, standing meetings are a time-efficient way to encourage active culture at work, and employees will be more likely to give you their full concentration. Just a few minutes will help your staff to feel de-stressed and re-motivated.
Workouts are a great example of where managers can lead by example. In breaks or lunchtimes, managers can encourage their teams to do a 5 or 10 minute workout and could even create a video call where the team workout together. This doesn’t have to take an hour- quick frequent workouts are proven to keep your metabolism working and have long-term health benefits.
Take A Walk
Team leaders can encourage their staff to take a lunchtime walk to get them out of their desks. A short daily walk is proven to boost concentration, improve digestion and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A brisk walk or run can provide a refreshing endorphin rush which will make sure that employees return to their desks energised.
Staying energised throughout the day also makes it easier to fall asleep at night, leaving you better rested for the next day. Embedding active habits into daily workday routines can help employees to de-stress and produce their highest quality work.
If you find yourself with an hour or more to spare, enjoy that time to practice self-care. There are many ways to practise self-care; listening to what your body needs and taking time to do something you enjoy will help you to feel fulfilled and relaxed. Catch up on sleep, listen to your favourite music, pamper yourself or call a friend for a chat. Doing a hobby that you love or even just spending time with your loved ones is a form of self-care which should not be neglected. As a team leader, encourage your team to enjoy their weekends and take time to relax so that they feel energised to start on Monday.
Encouraging your team to make a few of these simple changes can help to reenergise your team to achieve their best output, as well as supporting their long-term physical health and mental wellbeing.