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Worried About Your Remote Employees? Here’s How To Ensure Engagement All Year Round Seven in ten.
That’s how many U.S. employees are working remotely at least once a week, reports CNBC. That’s right, the vast majority of the U.S. workforce is now working remotely on a routine basis. And that means in all likelihood, you’ve got one or many more employees in your office who are working out of office from time to time.
And with such a dynamic shift in the way that we work, employers are facing an entirely new landscape for the modern office—replete with all the old challenges of keeping a motivated office, but now with brand new answers.
So it begs the question: how do we keep our remote employees engaged?
Thankfully, this isn’t coming as a shock to the system. In fact, it’s a question we’ve been trying to address here on the blog for quite some time now—and one that our team is answering with innovative technology. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways we’ve found that you can ensure your remote employees are engaged no matter what sort of “office” they’re working from.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The huge cultural shift that we’ve made, driven by technology, is what’s allowed such an increase in remote work to begin with. The way we carry out our day to day tasks begged the question: do I really need to be in the office for this?
But you can take the question a step further.
Rather than simply asking, “how does this technology simplify my process?” Start asking yourself what technology might exist that you don’t yet know about.
Take digital leaderboards for example. While it may just seem at first like 2018’s answer to the white board, there’s so much more that can be done than simply posting top sales leaders’ numbers for the week. This sort of technology—tapping into that deeper sense of competitiveness that so many of us thrive on—can actually spur on engagement. And it’s something that every employee can interact with in real time.
The other fear that we have with our remote employees is that they get lost in the shuffle. They’re “that person” who happens to show up in the office once or twice a week, but ultimately they feel disconnected from the team.
The truth is that the distance isn’t to blame. As we’ve talked about above, we have all the technology we need at our fingertips to maintain active communication with our remote employees. The real question is: do you have the bandwidth and the willingness to work on your relationships with your remote workers as much as you do with your in-office folks?
As one New York Times article on the subject puts it, what’s important for remote employees is that they feel they have someone who cares about them at work. The remote workers who were most engaged felt “that they had a best friend at work and had opportunities for professional growth.”
At the end of the day, while the modern office looks a little different than it used to, it’s really not that much more complicated: use the right tools, and bring the right effort to building your team, and they’ll achieve the greatness you saw in them from the beginning.
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