Do you have employees working remotely? At the beginning of COVID-19, many workers were prevented from going to their workplaces. Regulations were relaxed, but many organizations realized that remote work was not only possible, but in many cases desirable. Perhaps your company has remote workers.
Initially, there was a learning curve to the basic technology of video conferencing and remote collaboration. But we’ve mastered that quite a bit. Staff can virtually work and meet with the same success they have in meeting rooms and around the water cooler.
The challenge now is to participate. It can be difficult to maintain employee engagement and maintain morale when the workforce is scattered. Teleconferencing and face-to-face meetings are invaluable, but with everyone in their secluded bubble, perhaps in different states and time zones, the group dynamic can be affected.
Less participation leads to lower productivity. A pleasant, engaged workforce will help your company excel, so it is in your organization’s best interest to build engagement and teamwork among remote workers.
So, how do you keep them engaged, productive, and happy? Here are three tips to help your organization achieve this goal:
Communicate and interact across multiple platforms
Technology is available. Now you must make sure that you are using it to keep in touch with your employees. Send updates, news and other information via email, messaging, videos, etc. Make sure you don’t miss anyone, even those who don’t have a company email address. Schedule social or team building events via teleconferencing or video streaming and encourage everyone to participate. Make your connections frequent and helpful, but don’t bombard everyone with things they don’t need to know. Information overload may cause them to tune out.
You, as well as your software platforms, need to be accessible to your employees. If they expect to work from anywhere, make sure you have cloud-enabled software and can easily access it from the comfort of their home or on the go. Portability and flexibility make remote work possible.
Also, for new hires and onboarding, ensure that training and mentoring is available online and on-demand, ideally in one central location for ease of use. Reassure workers that they have access to you or someone you designate if they have questions, comments, or other concerns. Invite for suggestions for remote team building activities and feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Make sure all of your employees feel seen and heard.
Empower them with employee self-service
You can boost engagement by enabling remote workers. One way to do this is through self-service apps. When it comes to payroll and HR software, include
Empowering and engaging remote employees is a real challenge in this climate, but with the right tools and the right behaviour, it can be achieved. If you want more information about using a payroll and HR system that includes employee self-service and cloud-based accessibility,