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These days, more and more companies have made the shift to a remote workforce. Remote working has been a small part of the employment landscape throughout history. Today’s talent opts for flexibility. In fact, a survey shows that 68% of millennials would be more interested in a company that offers remote working.

Although remote work offers a competitive advantage for companies to attract top talent, it is still a challenge for businesses to manage remote employees. If you want to incorporate remote working into your company culture, here are some tips to get started.

 

1. Focus on personal interaction

Although most remote workers enjoy the perks of working beyond the four walls of the office, they may feel lonely and isolated (and in turn, feel less valued).

As an employer, it’s your job to ensure your remote team can enjoy the culture and social atmosphere that a traditional workplace provides. Avoid the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Invite your remote team for a casual meet-up or virtual meetings.

Unlike in-house employees, remote workers cannot enjoy the water cooler moments that occur in an office environment. So, it is important that you go the extra mile to provide this type of engagement through other platforms.

2. Keep communication open

Remote working eliminates some of the processes that a traditional working environment provides. With open communication, you can maintain a collaborative environment even with the lack of face time.

There are hundreds of remote employee tools and apps you can use to maintain communication. Do not settle for email, phone calls or text messages alone. Use video conferencing tools or live chat software for real-time connections. The right tools will keep you in the loop with their work and offer a chance to collaborate with other employees, resulting in smoother workflow.

3. Leverage e-learning

The process of learning and professional development should not be limited to on-site employees. Provide your remote team with a chance to develop their skills and knowledge as well.

Thankfully, it is now easier than ever to organize an e-learning program. You can create online training courses, such as podcasts and webinars, accessible on all devices.

This kind of opportunity can boost productivity and build relationships. As a result, your remote team will feel valued.

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4. Ditch the monotonous routine

Office rules and guidelines do not always apply to your remote employees. So, it is crucial to develop flexible, but clear guidelines.

Create a separate management plan for remote workers so you can achieve business goals even with less supervision. Make sure your remote employees clearly understand their roles and responsibilities. Ensure they understand the importance of consistent reporting and open communication.

Build a thriving remote team

If you want to ensure your talented remote workforce remains loyal, build healthy relationships. It is all about empowerment and prioritizing your employees and their unique needs. Make them feel valued as an integral part of your business.

This article was originally posted in YFS Magazine - How To Create A Thriving Culture For Remote Teams

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