We’ve written before about the value of remote working. There’s no doubt it’s offering heretofore impossible flexibility which is especially appealing to the millennial generation of workers. But it’s not for everyone.
The fact is, most people need human interaction to find fulfillment, whether it’s from their social or work life. As such, remote workers can feel lonely, ineffectual, underappreciated and alienated.
While the internet age has given rise to “work from anywhere” culture, it has brought along a slew of problems. If you’re a manager looking to court the best remote employees and preserve their passion, here’s a few tips:
Communicate the Value of Your Employees
Every good manager knows the power of positive reinforcement. Telling valuable employees they’re valued helps build morale, increase retention and encourage efficiency. But if it’s useful with in-office workers, it becomes absolutely essential when they’re remote.
Sometimes, working from home can seem like a vacuum, or a world of one. The work gets assigned, completed and submitted, and it can become difficult to connect the work you’ve put in to the value of your contributions.
Positive feedback works by ensuring employees maintain their morale, which in turn informs their dedication to the job itself. As long as your employees are doing good work they should be recognized for it. And for remote employees, this will keep them focused and engaged.
Set Clear Goals and Expectations
Undoubtedly, the most successful workers are those that self-motivate and work independently. It goes with the territory – without direct oversight, personal motivation and follow through needs to be leveraged.
Still, like any good manager (remote or otherwise) it’s important to lay out clear expectations and check points for workers opting for a “digital commute.”
This not only gives them a clear road map to follow and help with personal organization, it also allows for opportunities to evaluate progress. Is your employee succeeding in a remote environment? Sometimes their success can be difficult to measure. However, with a road map and defined goals, you’ll be able to take advantage of the independence of a remote employee while still enabling their success with managerial best practices.
Use Cloud Video Conferencing Over Other Collaboration Solutions
There’s no doubt companies everywhere are recognizing the value of face-to-face communication. And while this can be useful in courting clients or making sales, it becomes even more so when managing a remote work force.
The human component of work cannot be overstated. Few people are successful working in isolation. And while phone calls and audio conferencing can offset this, it is a far cry from talking to someone in person. Video conferencing brings this a lot closer to reality.
With high-quality video conferencing, it’s easy to schedule quick touchpoints with your remote workers and give them that extra sense of human connection. This isn’t just good for morale, it also helps foster a sense of being part of a real team and not working on an island.
And, with cloud video conferencing, you can leverage the power of interoperability. Remote workers are looking for flexibility, and that means not being confined to a single endpoint or computer. With the ability to connect across multiple platforms (including the mobile variety) cloud video conferencing like that from RP1Cloud is the tailor-made solution for keeping remote workers engaged.
New work environments bring with them new challenges. As the days of the cubicle are fading, new employees are asking for flexible work and working from home.
But how do you keep these workers engaged in the same way you do normal office workers? By applying many managerial best practices with a bit of extra care (and using cloud video conferencing as a medium) you can maintain an engaged remote workforce.
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