While the lure of working from home is exciting for many employees; engaging with staff who are working remotely can be a challenge for employers.
In these unprecedented times, employers are faced with the task of keeping their remote workforce motivated and connected to the company in what is now a very disconnected time. Below are a few examples of ways employers and managers can interact with their staff who are working from home to ensure they are getting the most from their remote workers:
- Keeping in Touch
Communication is key. Remote workers have an equal stake in being included in the operation of the business. Technology has come along way in recent years, so whether it be via video conferencing, email, telephone or even on social media; there are numerous ways to keep in contact with your remote workforce on a daily basis to ensure that home-workers feel part of the team.
- Keeping them Happy
A happy worker is an engaged worker.
Keeping remote employees happy isn’t overly-complicated – ask them what they may need, and make sure they feel included. Sometimes it’s as simple as some additional training or an upgraded IT system to help them perform better.
Although remote workers are as productive, if not more so, than their office-dwelling counterparts, they don’t always receive recognition for their work. Make it a point to recognise remote workers for what they do and for their contributions to the company; when a thank you over coffee in the staff kitchen isn’t always possible, an email or a phone call to show remote workers they are appreciated will go a long way.
- Promote Equality
Remote workers, just like any other employees, need time and direction from management. Just like traditional office workers, they will need to be set clear objectives and goals, receive the same benefits as other staff members and, be included in company meetings and other events on a regular basis. Just because staff are working from home doesn’t mean they are not entitled to the same benefits and attention as the rest of the workforce.
- Emphasise Company Culture
Developing company culture is on the rise in many organisations. This can be a difficult thing to do when communicating virtually, however building trust and instilling good work ethic is a must in any organisation. One good way to accomplish this is to bring team members together on a frequent basis either physically or by using technology. Regularly sharing ideas, supporting each other and talking through issues can help remote workers become as ingrained in company culture as the rest of the team.
- Assist with Time Management
One of the challenges many remote workers face is their ability to manage their time effectively. By providing them with the tools and training, that can help them better manage their time, is a great motivator. It shows that management cares and allows them to increase their productivity. Introducing a ‘task management tool’ to give employees daily tasks and help with allocating their time to certain projects, can really make a difference to remote workers and, is a great way to help assist with time management.
There you have it: six simple things you can begin implementing as an employer to motivate your remote employees to a higher level of engagement.back to news