3 ways to engage and connect your remote employees
By Clara Walsh.
Organizations have had to adjust to a new way of working in recent weeks. Those that can, have sent most if not all employees home to work remotely, and with the Covid-19 situation evolving every day, it’s unclear how long this situation will last.
The move to remote working will be a paradigm shift for those who have spent their working life in an office, with the accompanying routines, culture and shared spaces.
While some might enjoy the many positives (no commute, fewer distractions), others will have a harder time adjusting. Some employee’s might feel isolated from their coworkers, disconnected from goals or at sea with workloads and priorities.
It’s up to managers and team leaders to create a connected, supportive remote work culture, so your team is equipped to carry out their tasks effectively and enthusiastically.
To keep your remote employees engaged and aligned, here are our top tips.
1. VISUALIZE YOUR GOALS
To give everyone a clear structure to their days, weeks and months, the entire team needs to understand both their individual and the organization’s objectives, and the key milestones needed to achieve them. These can micro or macro, business-critical or personal.
Visually representing these goals will help make these tangible to your team. This can be achieved through something as simple as a shared spreadsheet or by using a dedicated feature such as Workvivo’s Goals, which enables you to set clear objectives and then measure progress.
2. RECOGNIZE THE SUCCESS OF REMOTE EMPLOYEES
Recognizing achievements – small or big – is a simple but vital tool for engaging your remote employees and reinforcing your core values. Build recognition into your daily workflow. Round off weekly team meetings by calling out successes or post them to your shared chats.
Our Shout-out feature in the Workvivo platform is popular, as it lets you recognize your colleagues’ wins to help them feel valued and a core part of the company. While linking the Shout-out to a company Goal, showcasing the progress made.
3. CREATES SPACES THAT ALLOW REMOTE EMPLOYEES TO SOCIALISE OUTSIDE OF WORK
Interactions that happen organically in a physical office need a little more help in a virtual one.
From Monday chats about your weekend to going for a drink after work, socializing with colleagues is vital to creating a connected workforce, regardless of whether your employees are remote or in-house.
Give your team the time and space for informal conversations. Make the most of your video-conferencing software and set up virtual coffee breaks or an after-work hang-out on Friday evenings.
Get to know each other’s new spaces – intro pets and family members or give a home office tour. Increased personal connections build a strong shared culture.
Workvivo’s Spaces feature provides a perfect forum for non-work related conversations. Use existing common interests as a starting point e.g. start a Book Club or set up a Fantasy Football league
Don’t forget to take advantage of the unique situation we find ourselves in to keep things light.
What about a Pet Interruption of the Month for those pets who wandered into a video call? Or best GIF of the week shared into the group chat?
Giving your team space to chat and connect will ensure a more collaborative and engaged remote team.