Not only workers, but almost 40% of companies think that gig workers will become a healthy part of their workforce.
As per current stats, about 36% of the US workforce is contributing to the gig economy, and they contributed about $1.28 million to the American economy in 2018. Gig economy is increasing at a rapid pace. It is expected that 50% of the US workforce will consist of gig workers by 2027.
However, it is important to keep your remote workers satisfied to be part of this extraordinary transformation. You need to be an inspiration for your team if you want them to be productive and play a role in boosting gig economy.
How to Drive Your Remote Team Successfully
Along with a more diversified economic model, you should also keep motivating your remote workers. This will not only improve their productivity but will even lift their morale and will help the gig economy grow better and faster.
1. Invest In their Skills
To grow your economy, you need to invest. The more you invest, the more you’ll earn.
For example, you are leading a writing project, and you have a team of 30 workers. To deliver the work more effectively, you need some paid tools like Grammarly, Turnitin, etc.
The two ways to get the written work checked is, do it yourself, or purchase these tools, put them on a server and share with your employees.
I’ll recommend sharing it with your employees, and it will allow them to learn new skills, which will benefit you more.
2. Lead With Example
Good leaders improve the economy, and they lead with example. If you want to increase your income and contribute to the gig economy, you must be an inspiration to your workers.
You need to understand the situation and act according to the need. Sometimes, you may have to work yourself to convey a message about how focused you are and how important is the task for you. Once your workers realize the significance of their work, they will be more productive.
3. Keep Communication Open
Communication is the key to success. More importantly, when it comes to remote working. Without delivering your actual requirements appropriately, you can expect gig workers to deliver the best.
If you lack in communication, it means your gig economy will be going down. Make sure you are in contact with all of your team members regularly.
Give them a wide range of contact from skype to email. Keep into consideration the location of your employees before contacting them so you can contact them at the right time.
4. Build Trust
Your trust in your workers, their trust in you, and intra-team trust is an important factor for a remote team to establish a higher gig economy.
If your workers are afraid to get criticized or face the discipline being honest, then I’m sorry you have not built the trust you must have. Deliver a message to your employees that you understand the circumstances. However, make sure that your workers may not cheat on you, taking advantage of your blind trust.
5. Establish Accountability
Accountability is very important when it comes to economic development. Make sure your workers understand that working at home is a privilege. However, there are some regulations. You are expecting them to work as if they are in the office.
Deadlines must be followed, and work should be done accordingly with complete requirements.
6. Encourage Self Management
Make sure your team does not take any task for granted. Develop a sense that they consider themselves their manager.
It may sound not so good to you, but believe me, it is important. In this manner, they will be managing their time, prioritizing tasks, and delivering on time. They will take responsibility and will work as they are doing their own task and not an assigned task.
7. Promote Learning and Development
You might hire most of the employees based on their current skills. But we know the technology is growing super fast. You might face a change in your work style. Instead of hiring new workers, offering your current workers an opportunity to upskill at the required level will be mutually beneficial for both of you.
This will encourage them to continue working for you and will build the employee value proposition (EVP). Considering they are not employees, but gig workers, we can call it GVP.
8. Words Of Appreciation and Rewards
Do you remember how it feels when your teacher raised you in the class. I do, it was really encouraging and motivating.
Do the same for your workers. Build a social media group for your employees where they can interact with each other. Praise your employees there regularly and reward them with a token of appreciation. It will build a healthy competition, and you'll see your team grow faster.
I wish you and your team a very best of luck, and I hope your team is going to create a good impact on the gig economy this season.