Six Ways to Engage Remote Employees

Technology continues to change the modern landscape, and with it the notions of the traditional workplace. More and more employees are working from home: an estimated 3.9 million employees in the US alone work remotely at least half the time. Remote work comes with many benefits, both to the company and to the individual, but one of the consistent challenges has been finding ways to keep employees engaged with their work and with their team. Fortunately for everyone, there are some simple methods you can use right now that will help keep your remote employees engaged and effective.

 

1. Set clear expectations

Keeping your workers focused and accountable has always been a challenge for remote team leaders. Since they are one step removed from your office environment and culture, it’s critical to establish a clear understanding of what’s expected of them. Setting expectations, giving clear and immediate feedback, establishing roles and goals, and fostering intra-team collaboration are all good ways of creating a culture of accountability and alignment. Your employees will feel that they are a valued part of the team, with all the responsibilities that come with it.

 


2. Manage for results, not for time spent

One of the distinctive advantages of working remotely is having some degree of flexibility with your schedule. Set clear expectations of when the work needs to get done, and allow your workers to choose the times when they will be most focused and productive. Respecting their autonomy will keep them engaged and producing great work, while allowing them to find the most healthy balance between work and life.

 


3. Have regular calls or meetings

It can be very isolating working remotely, and having regularly scheduled meetings with your direct reports and with your entire team can go a long way towards fostering an environment of inclusivity and camaraderie. Once-a-week team meetings can be a big boost to a feeling of team collaboration, and it can even include a few minutes of non-work-related talk to give remote workers some much-needed socialization, bringing everyone closer to each other.

 


Provide-a-platform-for-communication4. Provide a platform for communication

There are so many great tools available for remote teams to communicate and collaborate that there’s no reason not to have one. Investing in a versatile team communication system will help keep you all connected, and will make it as easy as possible for your team members to communicate with you and with each other.

 


5. Communicate more

It’s hard to have too much communication with remote workers. It’s easy for remote employees to feel left out when they aren’t kept in the loop. Having open-flowing lines of communication make remote workers feel like they’re engaged with the company, even with information that might seem insignificant.

Open lines of communication should be encouraged in your workers as well. Have them make daily check-ins a part of their routine as a way to keep them accountable and engaged, and allow them to reach out if there are issues, concerns, or if they just need to connect.

 


6. Foster personal connections

Some people thrive in a quiet place with nobody around to talk to or bother them. Some don’t, and working remotely can make them feel isolated and forgotten. Regardless of which type of person you have working for you, it’s very important to get to know them as a person and find ways to connect with them on a personal level. This goes beyond simply checking up on your employees: let them know you care about them and are interested in their well-being. Even just having a few minutes in your chats for small talk about life outside of work can make a big difference.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this, but if you can take a little time to get to know them as a human being, they will feel cared about as a person, and not just as an employee. That can make for some truly engaged and motivated workers.

 

These are just a few ways that you can keep your employees inspired and motivated to reach their fullest potential. As the concept of the workplace changes and evolves, these time-tested strategies can help you build your employees up to a higher level of engagement.

 

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