What are some fun ways to motivate my team?
I have a few remote, part-time workers. We don't have the opportunity to work together often and mostly connect over email. I am thinking I should try to set up a few team activities for us to build stronger personal relationships. What are some fun things others have done that have worked well?
When i read your question remote position is very crucial point i think you should work upon. Plan a meeting or an outing at a common place over weekend will be a good options.
You can also play some online games and challenging tasks like team building activity.
We have done many things in order to improve the teamwork and confidence in individuals feeling they are respected and build the team to be as strong as possible...how we would fly in the remote workers every quarter, have an all day meeting with breaking off into various teams have lunch catered and then go for a team building exercise outside of the office like rock climbing which you have to depend on and be confident in your team member...then a nice dinner....I am available to also speak to motivate as well...
I am being doing this when I was regional manager and I need to motivate those managers in different countries so that they can deliver works with their team. The challenges increased when culture and languages differences added in.
On top of standard weekly conference/video call, we have individual call very regularly to understand them from work and personal life. Normally, I find understanding them motivate them the best.
Moving forward for some fun activities, sometimes I will specially design tasks in such a way that different team in different countries will do different specific work which is part of the whole. All the teams know that they need to depend each other to complete the whole piece of work and started to work closer to each other (more communication + more understanding of each other needs) even though many of them never see each other before. This increase the bonding + more productive approach at the same time, well some "fun" in some ways :).
hope this help
Socializing activities, encouraging comments ,praise and accentuating the positives.
From my point of view you should arrange a get together meeting which will definitely improve you and your team to motivate ..
Dont discuss about work on the meeting, it should be casual.
The main question is that how big is your team? If your team is small then give them cash rewards depending upon the money you have at your disposal and if your team is big then give them gift vouchers again it will depend upon you .
Money is the biggest motivator for any team.
if all your team members use smart phone, you can try to downloadb wechat, and establish a group chat yourself to add all mumbers in group, every one can share message of words pic. and noice. immediatelly, and chat eachother
Try to schedule some down time and talk about kids and whatever life throws at you.