The Best Strategies To Effectively Drive Remote Work Engagement
In this article, we’ll discuss strategies employers can implement to drive remote team engagement.
1. Create A Robust Internal Communication Strategy
Establishing a strong internal communication strategy is essential to engaging your remote workforce.
With a dynamic internal communication strategy in place, you can create a transparent culture and make it easier for everyone to collaborate, wherever they may be in the world.
Whether you build your own intranet or use an off-the-shelf internal comms solution (like Microsoft 365’s Yammer) compatible with your IT systems, it’s vital that you keep all staff constantly informed, engaged and even entertained – but also be sure not to overload them with information.
Before you start engaging, think about who or what your audience is; what pressing internal comms challenges you’ll have to overcome; how you’ll measure success; and the best tactics for delivering your internal comms.
For instance, company newsletters celebrating wins create great positivity, but remember that some people prefer to absorb communications via video and other visual vehicles. Often, it’s a case of creating just the right mix of internal comms and employee engagement tactics to suit your teams.
Whatever you do, always demonstrate a clear link between internal comms and the broader vision of the company. Transparency and consistency are key.
2. Organise Online Team Building Exercises
Remote employees have fewer opportunities to create connections, which therefore makes it harder for them to get to know one another, and their office-based colleagues.
This can lead to feelings of disconnection and isolation, which could potentially result in dissatisfaction, conflict and reduced productivity.
And that’s why it’s so important for companies to regularly organise virtual employee engagement activities like online team building exercises.
Online team building can help reduce feelings of isolation among remote teams while enabling teams to improve collaboration in real-life work settings.
A rule of thumb in organising team building exercises is to create a narrative for the event to keep everyone engaged. We’d also recommend adding an element of gameplay to these exercises to nourish the human desire to participate.
3. Establish A Culture Of Recognition
Now more than ever, employees need to feel recognised for their contributions to their organisation.
In fact, recent data shows that 82% of employees wished their employers would praise them for their work more often. By recognising employees, organisations can make them feel more engaged and connected with their work.
This is particularly helpful in reducing employee turnover and creating more opportunities for business growth.
One way of recognising employee achievements is to send them gift cards or perhaps provide them with bonuses for high performance. This way, you will keep individuals and teams motivated while also building a great team culture.
4. Conduct Regular Check-ins
Conducting regular check-ins is one of the remote employee engagement activities that should be on the top of your list.
More often than not, remote employees want constant one-on-one time with their managers; especially as uncertainties and risks continue to saturate remote work settings.
By conducting regular employee check-ins, you can provide employees valuable feedback about their performance and reassure them.
Check-ins are an excellent way to motivate staff, boost their overall morale, and increase positive engagement and productivity.They also prevent miscommunication and help everyone to stay on the same page when working in separate geographic locations.
5. Ask For Employee Feedback
Remote work presents myriad challenges. Therefore, managers should gather employee feedback to determine how well employees are coping.
By introducing an easy and structured process for requesting employee feedback, you will be actively putting them in the driver’s seat.
At Tribe, we go to every effort to highlight the inadequacy of monthly or quarterly employee satisfaction surveys as a means of gathering employee feedback.
That’s because they aren’t anywhere near regular enough, are framed in vague terms and employees basically fill them in as quickly as possible and with little consideration, just to get them off their plates. Not to mention that organisations very rarely use the results to actually properly look at themselves and make changes.
The Perfect Tool Remote And Office-Based Employee Engagement
We firmly believe that employee satisfaction levels should be measured on a daily basis. Not through daily surveys, but via an employee engagement tool that your people won’t need a degree in coding to use.
And that tool is our Tribe365® App.
Tribe365® is the first app in the world to tangibly measure organisational culture on a daily basis by capturing honest, anonymous employee feedback.
Organisations can then use these rich insights and employee sentiment data to implement changes that improve company-wide performance and profitability.