In today’s uncertain world, many businesses have had to shift to a remote working model. This can be challenging for business owners who are used to having their employees in an office setting. It’s important to ensure that your employees feel engaged and connected when they are not physically present in the workplace.
Encouraging employee engagement in activities both during and outside of official office hours allows staff to maintain their work momentum, stay connected with their colleagues, and objectively measure their project success for improved performance. By making employee engagement integral to company culture, organizations can foster employee satisfaction and loyalty even when physical proximity appears impossible. Here are 4 tips you can use to promote employee engagement while working remotely.
Four tips to encourage employees in remote working
Create Virtual Social Spaces
Just because your employees are not physically together doesn’t mean they can’t still interact with each other. Create virtual innovation space where people can come together, share ideas, and connect with one another on a personal level. This could include starting a Slack channel dedicated solely to small talk or hosting virtual happy hours or team-building activities. Allowing people the opportunity to engage with their peers on a more informal basis will help build trust and foster camaraderie among coworkers.
Encourage Open Communication
With remote work comes the lack of face-to-face communication and verbal cues such as body language or tone of voice. To make sure that everyone is aligned, it’s important that all communication is clear and concise. Encourage open communication between managers and employees by providing resources such as video conferencing tools or a chatbot platform where questions can be asked without feeling intimidated or embarrassed.
Set Clear Goals & Expectations
It can be difficult for employees to stay focused and motivated when working from home all day every day, especially if there aren’t any clear goals or expectations set forth by management. Help keep your team on track by providing them with specific objectives and expectations for each project they work on. Having tangible goals will help give your team direction while also giving them something to strive towards which will keep them motivated even when working remotely.
Provide Regular Feedback & Recognition
When people feel appreciated, they tend to want to do better work which leads to better results overall. Show your appreciation for your employees by providing regular feedback as well as recognition for their hard work—even if it’s just a simple “thank you!” Acknowledging their efforts will show them that their contributions are valued which will encourage them to keep up the good work even when times get tough (as they often do). Utilizing an attendance system can also help you keep track of employee attendance and punctuality, making it easier to recognize employees who consistently show up on time and put in the effort to be productive.
Working remotely can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right strategies in place, you can create an engaging remote workspace for your team that encourages collaboration, open communication, and productivity – no matter where they are located geographically! By creating virtual social spaces, encouraging open communication, setting clear goals & expectations, and providing regular feedback & recognition – you’ll be well-on-your-way towards nurturing an environment of employee engagement in the remote workplace!