Quick Tips #3 – The Five Ways to Keep Your Remote Employees Fully Engaged

Written by Injoy Global Co-Founder & COO, Jeff Baietto on May 13, 2020

Keeping your employees happy, motivated and fully engaged in your company’s culture and mission can be a mighty challenge even when they are working in your office right in front of you. So it comes as no surprise when this becomes even more difficult when your staff is working from a variety of remote locations – many of them for the first time.

Research has shown, however, that under the right circumstances, remote workers can actually be more engaged and productive than when they are in the office. So how can you help bring about those circumstances? Here are five tips.

1. As always, lead with empathy – this situation is new, uncharted and a source of anxiety for everyone. So truly take the time to ask your employees how they are feeling.

Getting them to talk about their feelings can relieve their stress, work out any issues and even identify problems of which you may be unaware. Showing your support during this time will help you maintain the positive culture you’ve worked so hard to create.

2. Assist with time management – for many employees, working remotely day after day is entirely new – making it difficult to fall into a productive routine. But there are ways you can help.

These include investing into time management software like Asana or Trello. It can also include scheduling quick and informal daily check-in calls. In addition to giving employees regular deadline, research has shown that daily check-ins can actually reduce their ambiguity and stress.

3. Facilitate company-wide virtual meetings and town halls – Remote employees can often feel like they are adrift and on their own – with no one to whom they can relate.

Company-wide meetings will remind them they are part of a larger team and mission. It will also show them that their struggles are not unique – and may even provide them with some guidance as to how they can better cope.

4. Let employees create their own schedules – Employees’ remote work circumstances can vary widely. Some may need to care for children or parents – or may not be able to get work done during certain times of the day at all.

Letting them set their own schedule will reduce their stress, give them more sense of control – and can lead to higher levels of productivity. It helps to place an emphasis on the output they produce – as opposed to the hours they are spending on the job.

5. Amp up your Public and Private praise for jobs well done – Recognition for great work is always a good idea. But doing it while workers are remote will keep them from feeling like they are forgotten or being taken for granted.

Strong, positive reinforcement is the bedrock of a great corporate culture. A whole new level of remote working is here to stay and it will test your employees’ engagement levels like never before.

But if you follow these tips, you’ll be doing your part to help them remain high.

We’ll get through this together!



Jeff Baietto
COO + Co-Founder, Injoy Global

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