Remote work is one of the biggest drivers of the transformation of the workplace and will only continue to grow in popularity in the coming years (Remote.co). Yet it is not always as easy to engage employees that are 5,000 miles away as it is to engage those sitting 5 feet from your desk. Here at Altia Systems, we specialize in video conferencing technology that mimics the human experience. This helps remote teams connect in the most immersive and efficient way possible. In addition to using our own proprietary technology, here are 3 practices businesses can implement to engage their employees and leadership teams despite everyone’s physical location.
Streamline communication channels
Communication is the ultimate key to success when working with people located in different offices or with those who work independently/remotely. Companies that lack effective communication platforms put themselves at risk of continued misalignment, disengagement and uninformed work. Choose one or more platforms that allow your employees to easily connect with one another and with leadership teams. It’s true that there are certain platforms that are more popular than others but, instead of it being a “one size fits all” situation, it’s best to test out a few different platforms with your team to see which one works best with your particular culture. Regardless, providing your company with an efficient way to communicate effectively and quickly will help to build personal relationships and engage employees. Doing so has been proven to have numerous positive effects: increased retention, higher job satisfaction and even increases in company revenue (HBR).
The value of face-to-face
Regardless of the industry that you work in, face-to-face communication will always be crucial to help build meaningful relationships in a business setting as all humans have a natural essential need to connect with one another (Forbes). This is as relevant to building relationships with potential investors and partners as it is for building internal relationships within teams of employees and leadership. Set aside budget and make time for company events – like a bi-annual retreat – where the entire company can come together and spend some valuable face time with one another. A huge reason why employees choose to stay at a company boils down to liking and respecting the people they work with. Team outings and events are a great way to maintain this connection and even revive your company culture (if that is an area that needs improvement) as well.
Develop a goal-oriented culture
One perk to working remotely is the added independence that employees gain. With that comes added responsibility, as employees need to ensure they are getting their work done without anyone necessarily telling them what to do and how to do it every step of the way. Setting specific and challenging goals for each of your team members is one way to ensure this happens. Rather than focusing on how much time people are spending on their work, focus more on the quality and effectiveness of the actual work that is completed on a weekly or daily basis. Without these goals, teams risk losing the structure, determination and organization needed to be successful. Setting goals will ensure every employee remains engaged and focused in their work.
The remote workforce will only continue to grow and transform, as the digitization of the workplace is making it easier than ever for employees to work from anywhere in the world. By implementing these three areas of focus and tips into your workplace, you will have a better chance of keeping employees engaged across any physical location or industry you may work in.
By Mary Khan
Manager of HR and Finance at Altia Systems