The professional workforce is becoming more dispersed, creating new challenges and opportunities for employers. With recent surveys finding telecommuting and mobile workers in as many as 86% of companies, it can be difficult to know how to keep a dispersed workforce motivated and connected.
Nearly a third of businesses with telecommuting employees say increased retention is one of the big benefits of having a telecommuting program. But how do you keep your teleworkers feeling like part of the team? As part of our ongoing look at the results from our Telecommuting: Purchasing for the Home Office study, we’re presenting some tips on telecommuting and how to make sure you’re properly preparing your mobile workers and satellite offices.
Tip #2: Make sure your teleworkers are part of the team.
One of the biggest challenges of working in a different location from your manager or your team is feeling connected. Without the benefits of collaborative workspaces, casual conversations, and face-to-face interactions, how do you stay connected? Here are two easy ways:
Give them the right tools for the job – Want to make sure your remote workers don’t miss a beat? Arm them with the right technology, including teleconferencing and videoconferencing tools, messenger applications, and mobile phones, tablets or computers. All these things allow for spontaneous communication and group communication, no matter where your team members are.
Make sure they’re included – Keeping employees engaged is hard enough when they’re in the same office—how do you keep your remote workers engaged and happy? Your Brand Partner has some great advice on this, like including your teleworkers in company events whenever possible and finding tangible ways to demonstrate your appreciation. It sounds like common sense, but a few extra steps can go a long way toward keeping your remote workers engaged and happy.