Increase Productivity by Promoting a Fun Remote Work Environment

woman having fun while working from home

This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Mia Turlington.

Many people nowadays work remotely. However, not all firms are familiar with remote work and how to make it more fun. Remote workers can sit anywhere they choose at home with any kind of desk they wish to use. This enables them to feel free and concentrate more on their work.

Remote workers also tend to communicate through email more than other methods. The reason for this is that email provides them with more space and time to think about personal opinions, and the records will be always available for future reference.

The environment largely determines the efficiency and efficacy of individuals at the remote workplace they find themselves placed in. Even though this is one of the most fundamental principles of managing the workforce, many companies overlook this fact.

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Remote workers normally find themselves consenting to the surroundings they find themselves in, which has proved time and again to be detrimental to the development of the said institutions.

The correlation between productivity, both on an individual level and as a group, and the work environment cannot be overstated. Consequently, not only do companies and organizations have to cultivate surroundings that are tailor-suited for the workers, but they also have to make sure it perpetually stays this way. Though this might seem like an arduous task, it is quite easy.

So how exactly do you do this? How do you cultivate a healthy environment suitable for productivity, and make sure that it stays that way over a long period? There are a plethora of means you can use. In this article, we will look at the methods that are tried and tested and illustrate them perfectly.

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Play Online Video Games Together

Stress and anxiety are some of the most belligerent of factors that affect productivity. Their potency is increased when you consider the fact that they are very infectious. If one individual feels pressured and anxious about something, be it workplace-related or about personal issues, then the dark cloud will hover around the rest of the organization.

As a result, it is important to make sure that the workplace is a safe environment for people to express their ideas and philosophies away from the pressures of life. The most effective way of doing this is by deploying group game sessions.

Not only do games have a relaxing effect, but they also directly contribute to the proliferation of creativity, both individually and as a group. Additionally, games also ensure that bonds are created between the workers of the organization. Even the already existent bonds between coworkers are strengthened tenfold.

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Provide an Opportunity for Team Chat

Using communication tools like Slack can make it more fun for remote workers. Let your team’s communication occur there. Team chat is great for any remote team. The workers can engage in casual social interactions that they would otherwise engage in an office, and it is enjoyable. It can make remote workers feel as though they are not always working.

Have Regular Phone Calls

Communicating with another person can make remote workers feel as though they are not the only ones in a room. Phone calls can help the workers connect with others, regardless of where they are working from.

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Team Building Activities

Teamwork makes the dream work. Though a cliché of sorts the maxim still rings true to this day. Teamwork and cooperation among coworkers and members of the organization as a whole are the cornerstones of creating a fully-functional, well-run brand. It is thus important to identify the means for effective team building.

The most effective method you can use is one that we have already stated; games. There is a myriad of other virtual team-building activities that can be deployed to create an optimal work environment. One of them is the use of group work to complete certain projects and assignments.

By selecting a group of individuals, all of them with different skill sets, and initially giving them a small assignment to complete, you will be able to plant the seeds of what will become a strong relationship.

Afterward, you can gradually increase the size of the project. With the said increase comes a proportional proliferation in the feeling of connection between the group’s members.

Granted, it might be difficult for you to do this if individuals are working from home. The solution to this quandary is using virtual team building activities. With the technological advancements that have taken place in communication, it has become easier to interact with people simply through the phone or any other internet-enabled device.

Additionally, participating in team-building activities has become virtual, without losing its aesthetic or effectiveness.

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Appreciate the Small Victories

The progress principle states that individuals are motivated to aim for larger and more diverse tasks when they accomplish smaller tasks. Apply this at the organization and you will see an instant shift in the aura in the coworking space.

When the minute accomplishments are singled out and appreciated, workers will find this as an incentive to pursue larger and more complicated tasks. As a result, the productivity of the organization is increased.

Create Time for Fun

When possible, you can infuse some fun into the day of your remote workers. If team members laugh together, they will grow closer.

For instance, when you set up a meeting, you can ask every one of them to share what shoes they are wearing. You can also create online channels for non-work banter that concentrates on topics such as memes, kids, or pets to inject some fun into their workday.

About the Author

Mia Turlington is part of the content team at The Long Reach. Mia has worked in the industry since graduating from university. When not writing, Mia can be found researching where her next adventure would be.