Remote work offers many advantages: It can reduce the amount of office space a company need to rent, allow employees flexibility, and improve work/life balance. However, it can also lead to feelings of isolation among remote employees, according to the Harvard Business Review.
This article looks at ways to keep people who work remotely connected with your company.
The onboarding process is critical for remote employees. Even if it needs to be done virtually, ensure the onboarding process accomplishes these tasks:
• Introduce the new employee to their teammates.
• Provide the tools the new employee needs to succeed at their job.
• Clearly define the new employee’s responsibilities and what is expected of them.
Bring Them In Occasionally
One method to make remote employees feel more connected is to allow and encourage to come in to the office occasionally—perhaps once a week. To make this a success, ensure they have adequate workstations. Also listen to feedback about when and how often they would like to come in. This can allow such employees to make connections with coworkers and keep tabs on what is going on at the company.
Communication is critical for the success of any employee, but it can sometimes slip by the wayside if an employee frequently works remotely. To combat this, communication technologies like phones, email, video conferencing, and instant-messaging software can help, according to Forbes.com. Also be sure to respond to messages from remote employees quickly, as delays can make them feel neglected.
Empathize With Them
Even if you have to do it through virtual means, make an effort to connect with remote employees. Provide praise when they do well and constructive feedback on areas in which they can improve. Also treat them as humans: Something as simple as asking an employee how their weekend went can go a long way toward making them feel connected.
For more tips on how to keep your employees—remote or otherwise—happy, take a look at Blackwater Capital Funding’s other blog posts.