A recent survey of business leaders found that 34% said half of their full time staff would be working remotely by 2020. Incredible, isn’t it?
But with more and more employees now working remotely, it has become more challenging for HR professionals to communicate and engage with them.
Here are some tips on how you can successfully engage your remote workers;
Don’t control their schedule: One thing that differentiates remote workers and office workers is the ability for the remote workers to have a flexible and tailored schedule. This allows them to complete their daily tasks at times that they are most productive; it could be very early in the morning or late at night. A good way to engage them is by focusing on what they achieve everyday and not when they achieve it.
Always remember that they are part of the team: It is very easy to exclude remote workers from the day to day activities just because they aren’t always present at the office. But you need to make an effort to make sure that isn’t so. Include them in meetings, brainstorming sessions and basically anything an office worker would be part off.
Make sure to publicly recognize their efforts and contributions; not only is this a confidence booster but it also shows the office workers that the remote workers are actually working and not just staying at home.
Make time to meet with them: They might be remote workers but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have face-to-face meetings with them. It is important to schedule these meetings at least once every quarter because personal interaction help build a stronger bond, trust and a healthy work relationship.
Have regular Check-ins: Like I mentioned earlier, it is very easy to forget/exclude remote workers and a good way to keep them engaged is by occasionally organizing video conferences with their coworkers. These virtual meetings don’t have to be strictly work related; It can be a great avenue for office workers to get to know remote workers and vice versa.
In summary, in order to engage your remote workers you need to;
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