Remote work is more popular, and with that comes the need for remote workforce management. Keeping employees engaged and productive can also be an issue, but in order to do so there are a few things you can do.
Training for Time Management: Just because someone works remotely does not mean that they are organized. It’s important to have set deliverables, so that you are able to measure the results and output to know that your program is working.
Water Cooler Conversations: Getting isolated with remote work is easy, so it’s a good idea to reach out to team members and have those “water cooler” conversations that they are missing from being in the office. You can chat about items that aren’t work related or ask opinions on decisions. You can also assign tasks that encourage people to work in teams in order to stay connected.
Get Together: Companies can save time when they allow employees to work remotely, so it’s also important to have some scheduled time where employees can have shared experiences that build rapport and trust. Technology will only go so far when building relationships.
Opportunities to Bond: This can go hand in hand with getting together. There should be opportunities for employees across different areas to stay connected. When employees aren’t together, there should be a forum for sharing and updating employee successes. A weekly hands-on meet can help.
Stick with a Few Methods of Communication: There is a lot of technology to keep everyone connected and ways for remote workforce management, but that means it can also be overwhelming. You should stay with only two methods of communication, so employees aren’t spending too much time messaging and trying to disseminate the information as opposed to working. Depending on the job, remote workers also need some peace and quiet and they aren’t able to get that with having to constantly check in on so many different platforms.
Open-Ended Questions: One of the better ways to get engagement from your employees is by asking these questions. Open-ended questions can help you understand the employee’s state of mind and satisfaction level with the work.
Goal Setting: Goal setting can help your remote staff become more productive and independent, and is an important part of remote workforce management. It’s important to communicate your vision and goals and have regular check ins and communication to make it easier. If employees better understand the goals of the company, they feel like they are apart of the culture and want to work harder to succeed.
Build Rapport: It’s important that you build rapport with every team member. Showing that you care helps your team become more motivated.