Companies across various industries have started to recognize the value of having remote employees and are evolving their managerial practices in order to adapt to these changes.
While the move to a more remote workforce is widely seen as a good thing, traditional employers might find it difficult to effectively supervise. Here are a few ways to ensure that your remote team is engaged, productive and working together.
First, providing workers with state-of-the-art technology can help support communication, promote productivity and encourage collaboration. Tools to possibly provide workers include messaging apps like Slack, high-quality monitors, headphones, cloud software and more.
Additionally, it is important for employers to constantly check-in with remote workers to ensure they have a full understanding of the tools, systems and processes being used within the company. This can be done through weekly checks or an engagement survey every six months.
“Our greatest concern regarding managing remote employees continues to be team building and rapport,” said Tim Abdu, head of human resources at The Corporate Connoisseur. “The best practice for managing remote employees is communication.”
Building a healthy work environment with a remote team can be tricky, so management should engage with them and show that they value their employees through setting clear expectations. This is almost always guaranteed to deliver the best results.
Adrienne Cooper, chief people officer at FitSmallBusiness.com, added that having an online office is necessary for a successful remote working team. This can be done through tools that allow workers to store and share documents.