How can I keep my remote working team engaged? - This Week's Top Stories About Leadership #5

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

So we are a number of weeks into the COVID 19 measures adopted across Canada that have seen businesses close, employees be laid off and for those still working, outside of our essential workers, an increased number of people working remotely.

Before I continue may we take a moment to thank all of the essential workers who have continued working, in some cases in very difficult conditions, for the service they are continuing to provide for their fellow citizens.

One of the challenges we face managing remote workers is how to we build engagement and increase motivation when we are not co-located and don't have the opportunity to meet face to face for meetings and team building activities.

To help you think of some ideas to build engagement and increase motivation for remote workers, I've picked out a number of topical ideas I've read in the previous 7 days that I feel would interest you. Why go looking for reliable resources when I can save you time and publish them here.

I'll start this week with a great graphic from Co-Schedule centred on the routine of a Daily Standup with you team, good advice.

Secondly here is a link to my colleague John Rodwell's website John designs games that can be played online using powerpoint. These are excellent games to play with your remote team to generate some fun and togetherness.

If you run through the games on John's website, you can see videos of all of his games being played. You can choose from over 100 games, it’s just a matter of seeing how any might work for you. The games are FREE, however, if you download and enjoy the game consider making a small donation to John's site via PayPal.

And finally an article from Harvard Business Review ...

How to Keep Your Team Motivated, Remotely. Click on the image below to read more ....

Well that's it for this week. I hope you enjoyed these articles and resources and I'll be back next week with more, until then ... be a leader not just a boss!

#leadership #remoteworking #remoteleadership


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RUSSELL STRATTON is an international Leadership Expert, Professionally Certified Trainer and Coach, with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. He is co-author of the book 'I Need to F@#king Talk To You - The Art Of Navigating Difficult Workplace Conversations'.


He is a Master Facilitator for Bluegem Learning's ground breaking "Leadership Success" workshop series - providing a practical toolkit for building engagement and improving individual and team performance. Using live actors in a stop/start forum theatre approach and a combination of dynamic experiential learning techniques, participants come away with a greater ability to actually perform better as employees and leaders in your organization.


He is an accomplished management education, learning & development professional with a proven track record of working with clients in the public, voluntary and private sectors to achieve lasting, measurable step changes in business performance.


Russell works internationally with a wide range of organizational cultures and with all levels from front line customer facing staff to executive management boards. Having worked as both a Personnel Manager and Operational Manager he works at both strategic and tactical levels.

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