A remote working style is becoming more usual as technology is getting more advanced. And it’s quite challenging to stay productive and engaged in not a traditional office environment. Isolation, time management, and other potential issues need to be addressed for effectiveness sake.
Here are 6 ways to keep remote workers productive:
Developing a good rapport
Most remote employees can feel isolated. How to handle this issue?
- Find a minute for small talk about non-work-related things. Such personal contact will keep an employee engaged and willing to work for your company even more.
- Make up some collaborative tasks that will bring your team together and let them stay connected.
- Make daily short phone calls, check-ins, write emails or text to ensure you are in rapport with every team member.
Give a Time Management Training And Set Clear Goals
Not many are natural in time management. It’s not true someone is organized just because of working remotely. So, they obviously need some help from a pro: provide some onboarding time management training complying with your company’s business goals.
Also, to empower your remote staff with productivity, you should set regular clear goals. This will help to make communication easier (for instance, think about quarterly check-ins). Having such goals in mind every employee will feel like a part of a company and enough powerful for independent success.
Arrange Regular Offline Get-Togethers
Usually, companies establish remote teams to save more. But it’s vital for team spirit that teammates meet each other offline and share experience, build rapport and just unwind.
Create Bonding Opportunities
It’s crucial for team productivity to create opportunities for all employees (wherever they are) to stay engaged and connected. How to?
- Organize regular video conferences: visual meetings are important
- Create a place to share employees’ business and personal success in a free format
- Allow a few minutes at the beginning of a regular meeting for sharing good personal and business news.
This way team members will have a few opportunities to know more about each other and stay connected.
Implement Proper Technologies For Daily Communications
Marco Polo, Slack, Trello or Skype – choose any combination or add your favorite. The only purpose of all these apps is keeping in touch, staying tuned and helping track success of any project.
Try to establish a healthy balance between constant communicating/spending too much time on messaging and getting things done.
Define clear outlines
In a remote team, a distance is something that really matters.
To simplify teammates everyday workflows you need to define transparent agreed-upon processes, establish the time for meetings and outline a clear check-in system.
This way all employees will be accountable for their work.
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