Connections with Your Remote Working Employees

4 Ways of Strengthening Your Professional Connections with Your Remote Working Employees

As you have undoubtedly discovered, there are many benefits for employers in implementing hybrid and remote working opportunities. From drastically reduced levels of employee turnover and sick days to happier and more energized team members due to a better work/life balance, hybrid working is mutually beneficial.

However, if you are experiencing reduced communication between the company and your employees, continue reading. Here are four effective ways to strengthen your professional connections with remote working employees.

1. Upgrade Your Video Conferencing Software

First and foremost, you need to increase the frequency of video calls between you or other senior heads of department with individual employees who are engaged in remote working.

Google Meet vs Zoom is often a highly-debated question, but as long as you have upgraded your built-in video conferencing software to ensure calls are never cut short by faulty connections or issues with software, video calls, meetings, and conferences are the best way to enable your employee to feel connected to the company.

2. Arrange Regular Activities for Team Building

Not only is the arrangement of engaging team building activities great for strengthening the bond between employer and employee, but it is also a great way for colleagues to connect with each other, even if they have never met in person.

From virtual scavenger hunts to an evening Netflix watch party, employee engagement is at the heart of team bonding and, as such, will cultivate a more communicative and happier working culture.

3. Develop a Separate Onboarding Process for Remote Workers

With regards to new hires, there should naturally be a number of changes to the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes to suit, and it would be highly advisable to develop an entirely different strategy for new remote workers.

A strong, effective, and comprehensive onboarding process for remote workers should include:

• Conveying the company’s ethos, culture, and foundational policies
• Meetings with direct colleagues and managers
• Familiarization with the hierarchical structure
• Learning what the company is about and what is expected from their specific role
• Access to team communication networks, documentation, and login passwords

4. Keep a Closer Eye on Their Workload

The fourth and final suggestion within this article is directly related to your management style and specifically making adjustments to how you manage remote workers. Clear expectations are, naturally, important for any employee in order for them to hit their targets and be an efficient and productive member of the team. However, for remote workers, such targets and standards should be heavily individualized, and moreover, they should be held accountable much more closely.

Be smart and sensible with the tasks and projects you assign remote workers, ideally focusing on team-orientated projects to ensure they are communicating with colleagues across different departments.

Spot checks, either in the form of phone calls or video calls, are also a great way of ensuring your remote workers are on track and will also make them feel as if they are being managed, even in their own homes. Just be sure not to micromanage.

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