6 Sure-Fire Tips to Engage Remote Employees
Guest Post by Kelly Barcelos, Jobsoid
Remote working has suddenly become a trending term after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. So much so that currently, 4.7 million people in the US are working remotely. While offering their employees the flexibility to work remotely is the best step employers can take to protect them, it can certainly have a negative impact on employee engagement, the main reason being isolation. But how to motivate employees when you can’t see or meet them frequently? I have some tips that will help you engage remote employees. Read on.
Work on Your Company Culture
Remote working is not just a trend anymore; it has become a necessity. However, there are still many organizations that think employees working remotely aren’t really “working.” So, first of all, remote working should be embraced. Remote employees shouldn’t be made to feel that their contribution isn’t enough or that their quality of work isn’t appreciated. Instead, managers should involve them in weekly team meetings, take their inputs, conduct brainstorming sessions, etc. to treat them just like on-site members of the team.
Review Your Goals
The measurement of performance when it comes to remote employees is usually done with the number of hours recorded. It is a common trend in many organizations allowing working remotely. However, to improve employee engagement and experience, managers should measure performance with the results employees achieve instead of the number of hours they stayed logged in. Set clear goals defining what is expected of them in a week or a month. This will bring remote employees clarity and focus. And the best part? They will not work under pressure and create a schedule that they know they can follow the best.
Encourage Health and Wellness
Remote employees should get the same health benefits as the on-site employees in terms of health insurance, access to healthcare providers, annual check-ups, etc. Moreover, mental health shouldn’t be overlooked, especially because remote employees may end up feeling disconnected and isolated. And feelings like these can impact their mental health.
Here are a few things you can do to safeguard the mental health of your remote employees:
- Create group communication channels on WhatsApp, Slack, or other platforms, and help them stay connected to the rest of the team.
- Conduct regular check-ins where you can talk about their goals, performance, challenges, etc. Use these check-ins to acknowledge and appreciate them for their contribution.
- Reimburse them against any mental health services they seek.
- Reimburse them for gym memberships, yoga classes, dance classes, or any other physical activities that can boost their mental health.
Hold Virtual Hangouts
A big part of the great work culture is employees mingling, talking about their families, sharing interesting insights, and basically interacting with their team members for more than just work. And remote employees often do not get the chance to do all of this, which ushers in the feeling of boredom and disconnectedness. So, to ensure proper employee engagement even when half the team is working remotely, conduct weekly or monthly virtual hangouts where employees can talk about things other than work and simply enjoy each other’s company. You can organize virtual potlucks, team games, movie nights, etc. which will help employees establish an emotional connection with the organization.
Often, managers avoid giving feedback to remote employees simply because they’re not used to giving feedback virtually. But honestly, it works! Even if the employee is in a different time zone, you should conduct routine feedback meetings to help your employees improve. This will give them the assurance that the organization is dedicated to helping them grow, which is extremely critical to ensure employee engagement.
Recognize Good Work
With the list of tasks they must complete every day, remote employees can fall into a monotonous cycle. But the problem starts when they are not motivated enough to do their best. To avoid this, make sure you recognize their efforts and praise them if they’ve made a valuable contribution. Knowing that their work is appreciated will encourage them to do even better and achieve new standards of excellence every day.
Take engaging remote employees as another challenge and try to do everything you would do if they weren’t working remotely – but only virtually.
I hope you found these tips on how to engage remote employees helpful!
Author Bio: Kelly Barcelos is a progressive digital marketing manager specializing in HR and is responsible for leading Jobsoid’s content and social media team. When Kelly is not building campaigns, she is busy creating content and preparing PR topics.
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