Remote Employee Engagement

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You and I both know that a remote workforce is here to see either in part or in full. However, while there are many benefits to remote work, there are unique challenges too. According to the Harvard Business Review,62% of employees believe working remotely positively impacts engagement, yet only 5% are likely to stay at their company long-term.

So, what does that mean for your own remote employee engagement efforts?

This gap represents an opportunity for companies to be proactive and step up their engagement efforts. In other words, you’ll need more than perks and remote happy hours to keep your remote employees engaged. Engaging remote employees requires a strategic approach and long-term commitment to your people. When organizations invest in their remote employees’ long-term success and engagement, they are rewarded with happier, more productive employees who tend to stay with their employer.

Use the followingemployee engagement strategies for remote workers to keep your remote workers engaged.

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7 Tips for Engaging and Enchanting Remote Employees

01

Stay connected through technology.

Keep your remote employees connected through effective communication channels and the strategic use of technology.

For example, use tools like Zoom, Asana, GoToMeeting, Employee Experience Pack, and Slack to streamline communication and project management between team members so everyone is on the same page. Encourage your team to use the cloud for file sharing and to increase seamless work efforts between all team members.

Be sure to take advantage of video conferencing, too. While email and digital chats are great ways to keep in touch, face-to-face communication can help your virtual team feel more present in the office environment.

Schedule staff meetings and incorporate video calls with screen sharing on a regular basis. This can help your remote workers feel as though they are a part of the team, and it can help to change the way your in-house staff members view the remote workers.

02

Foster social interaction.

Despite the many benefits of remote work, the number one drawback employees complained of was loneliness. Keep your remote employees engaged by fostering team connections through social hours, video chats, and virtual team-building activities.

Assign mentors to new hires so new employees have someone they can rely on to ask questions and get oriented throughout their first year. If possible, plan in-person team or company retreats and outings to strengthen those connections. We have also found that virtual happy hours are a fun and inexpensive way to keep your employees engaged while fostering relationships with other team members.

03

Ask for and listen to feedback.

Employees that feel valued and appreciated tend to be more productive and stay with their employers much longer. And don’t shy away from giving constructive feedback. Help employees take advantage of development opportunities.

According to Kelly Services, the average cost of employee turnover is 25% to 33% of the departing employee’s salary. The act of being intentional with letting your team members know how much you appreciate them goes a long way into reducing employee turnover.

04

Recognize employee contributions.

Remote workers tend to put in more hours than their in-office counterparts, but they often don’t feel part of the team. One solution is to make employee recognition a priority.

Leverage an online recognition platform to give every employee the ability to view, comment on, and give recognition in real-time.Research conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that employee recognition is a top driver for employee engagement.

Regular recognition from peers and manages help employees feel connected, appreciated, and valued.

05

Keep them in the know.

It’s important to keep your remote workers updated on projects, goals, team progress, benefits, compensation, opportunities for advancement, and company news. Since a lot of information at companies gets circulated through water cooler talk or chats across desks, remote employees can easily get left out of the loop and feeling disconnected.

Use an employee-friendly goal setting and tracking system to give everyone access to company goals, progress updates, new projects, and more. Check in regularly with remote employees for both one-on-ones and team meetings so everyone has a chance to touch base and keep their finger on the pulse of the company.

When remote workers are part of the dialogue, they will be empowered in their work and feel more connected and engaged.

06

Give employees the tools to succeed.

Ensuring your employees feel confident and empowered to do their best work no matter where they are is key to improving engagement and performance. Whether a new hire or a veteran employee, make sure your remote team has the tools and training to get the job done.

Resources and amenities aren’t limited to hardware or equipment needs like laptops or company cell phones. Do your employees have a place they can work effectively at home? Do they have access to development opportunities?

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Leverage technology to bring it all together

It is one thing to write about the best practices in keeping remote employees engaged. It is something entirely different to execute on these strategies. You and I both know that the harder the change is on an organization the less likely it will be implemented.

What if you could give your employees all the tools they need to succeed, enter support tickets, get their own answers to their questions without any human intervention, easily give kudos to your employees, send and receive feedback, foster social interaction, and have all of the information they need that is important to them through one tool?

The Employee Experience pack from Intellective enables you to have a turn-key comprehensive employee experience portal in a matter of hours. Simply install the pack, configure the data sources and you have an engaging employee experience.

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