Better Connections Make Better Remote Employees
The opportunity to work remotely is a gift, whether you’re working with a team across town or from another corner of the world. It’s convenient to be able to hire great people wherever you find them, without the limits of your local area. However, 70 percent of remote workers feel disconnected from their employer and office.
That disconnect can be dangerous. A team that doesn’t feel a sense of company loyalty or communication is at greater risk of quitting, submitting poor work, or accepting less work.
So how can you foster better connectivity in your remote workspace?
Mentor, Not Manager
The distance between you and your remote employees forces you to adjust your role as a CEO. Because there aren’t always daily meetings or opportunities to build an office hierarchy, your role needs to be less manager and more mentor.
You’re in control of the work your employees receive, yes. However, without the opportunity to guide someone through tasks in person, you have to have faith in his or her ability to accomplish those tasks in a timely manner.
Letting go of the authoritative boss role is never easy. Learning to lead, however, is essential to fostering happiness among your remote employees.
Establish Clear Objectives
Providing your people with a carrot to chase is also wise. By creating understandable goals, you give your remote employees something to aim for. With that kind of focus, your team has the opportunity to feel essential within your operations.
Provide your team members with influential positions, so they can feel their importance to the success of your business. When you lay out ambitions and possibilities, you’ll strengthen the loyalty of your remote team.
Communal schedules and content calendars also work to benefit your remote employees. These schedules allow your employees to not only stay on top of their own work but to also see the overall progress of everyone they work alongside. While it’s not a message board where employees can communicate, communal schedules exist as bonding spaces and environments that foster competition.
Creating a shared communal schedule drives your employees to work harder in comparison to one another. It also encourages them to recognize that they’re not alone in their work.
Above all else, you need to create consistent and supportive opportunities for your employees to communicate with you and their peers. Platforms such as Slack allow for this beautifully. You can provide your employees with channels to simply chat, as well as channels to focus on work.
Even a simple monthly newsletter, which your employees can contribute to, will boost their sense of involvement with your business.
Building communication doesn’t mean emailing every employee once a day to boost their confidence. It means building a community where your remote employees, no matter where they are in the world, feel valued.
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