The COVID pandemic altered the course of history. However, one of the most significant changes brought on by the pandemic was the number of employees who switched from functioning within our offices to working from home. It’s a unique business that doesn’t have at least some of its employees working from home.
For years, remote work has been on the increase, and it will only continue to rise. Many firms and employees are finding the benefits of virtual work as they adjust to this new remote normal. Remote and flexible work choices are more appealing to top talent, assisting firms in attracting and retaining a competitive workforce but managing a remote workforce can be difficult.
There are a variety of strategies to keep remote workers motivated. Just because some of your employees work from home doesn’t mean you have to accept a future in which people pretend to be working. Here are 5 tips to think about incorporating into your company.
- Stay connected with technology
We can do anything and everything with technology and it’s becoming our way of life, especially in remote roles.
Regularly schedule staff meetings and incorporate video calls with screen sharing. This can make your remote workers feel like they’re part of the team, and it can also help your in-house employees see remote workers differently.
- Set clear expectations and goals
Improving employee engagement and performance requires ensuring that employees are confident and empowered to perform their best work no matter where they are!
Expectations must be established from the start of their work with you. Working from a quiet place in case they need to talk to a customer, having their camera on during meetings, and being available to come into the office as needed are all examples of what they should do.
Remember, a remote-work relationship takes time to build!
- Check-in regularly
When remote workers are included in the discussion, they will feel more connected and motivated to work!
To offer everyone access to company goals, progress reports, development strategies, and more, use a tracking system. Check-in with your remote employees on a regular basis for one-on-ones and team meetings so that everyone has an opportunity to touch base and have a pulse on the firm.
- Be flexible
The freedom that remote work offers individuals is one of the best aspects of it. While team meetings may require specific hours, offer your staff control over when and how they work the rest of the time.
You can rely on them to do the task. Employee engagement and satisfaction are contingent on building trust between employees and supervisors. Also, flexibility allows employees to create a work schedule that suits them best!
- Ask for feedback!
Simply asking remote workers how things are progressing is one of the easiest ways to keep them engaged. Do they have too much of a workload? Do they feel like they are still a part of the team while working from home? Do they feel like they have been productive with their time?
When you act (or don’t take action) on employee input, let them know so they feel their voice has been heard and their opinion is respected. Employees are happier and more engaged at work when they feel valued. Help employees take advantage of growth opportunities for the future!
You don’t want to keep remote employees engaged only to keep your corporation flowing efficiently; you want them to feel connected to their work! It’s evident that remote work will only expand in the future, making it more crucial than ever to know how to manage and engage your remote staff.