The outbreak of COVID-19 drastically changed the world of work. More companies became open to the idea of working remotely, thus accelerating the already rising number of remote workers in the world.
Working from home is something a lot of people have wished for because of its amazing benefits, but a problem lingers.
Remote workers are beginning to experience a morale drop because of the constant isolation from the world.
This is extremely dangerous because it can cause a reduction in the overall productivity of the remote worker, thus affecting the business as a whole.
The question now is, how do you keep your remote staff engaged in their work? How do you keep them from feeling disconnected from the traditional work environment?
We present to you 5 ways to improve remote employee engagement.
COMMUNICATION SHOULD BE EASY
A quick analogy here, let’s say you were in a relationship, and you found communicating with your partner to be harder than baking a cake (the writer of this piece does not know how to bake a cake), how would you feel?
I would feel disconnected.
The same applies to the remote work life. Not hearing anything from managers or co-workers at the company for a while can make a remote worker feel very disconnected and lost. If communication is not continuous and simple, the feeling of isolation and disconnection rises to the surface.
The use of collaboration tools like Slack or Trello is one of the most effective ways to fix this issue and simplify communication. With these tools, workers are in the loop of what is going on and can communicate easily without constantly checking their email or text messages.
This can also help workers to plan ahead, keeping them busy and focused.
FACE TO FACE CHATS
Again, imagine being in a relationship and not seeing the face of your significant other for days or even months with only voice calls and texts (maybe letters if you’re from the ’50s) to go on. I personally would not like to imagine that because it sounds horrible.
Video calls or face to face chats are especially important in order to keep a relationship going, and in this case, it is the relationship between your remote workers and the company.
In addition to collaborative tools, it is also important to create an avenue for video calls as well, especially for team meetings. By communicating via video calls, team members would not have the avenue to be distracted by something else.
If everyone can see each other, it would be easier to stay engaged and make sure everyone is contributing to the discussion and helping to come up with solutions.
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