Coordinating remote workers can pose challenges. Clearly communicating objectives, checking in on progress and collaborating to overcome obstacles go a long way toward making sure everyone is on the same page. Here are five ways to keep remote employees on target and work together toward shared goals.
Fun & COVID Safe In Person Outings
The availability of vaccines and boosters makes it possible for organizations to host some in-person outings. The safest gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic are held outdoors. Infection rates in your area may determine whether face masks are advisable for indoor events.
Virtual meetings offer employees the opportunity to communicate verbally while seeing each other’s faces. Using a custom Google Meet background is the best way to prevent distractions and keep every meeting participant on target. Promote brand identification at the same time by adding a logo to Google Meet, Teams or Zoom backgrounds.
Acknowledge Their Hard Work
Proper motivation is essential for productivity when working remotely. Supervisors should acknowledge the hard work of remote employees who put in the effort needed to excel. One-on-one acknowledgement goes a long way, but recognition during a virtual meeting can also motivate other team members.
Designating a remote team member of the week or creating other fun incentives can motivate workers who do not report to the office on a regular basis. Teams that have these types of programs in place tend to be more productive and have higher retention rates.
Communicate and Collaborate
Remote employees need a clear sense of what their duties and goals are in order to stay on task. Most workers need to know the requirements for specific tasks and can also benefit from understanding how their assigned duties contribute towards larger processes. Video conferencing and collaboration software makes it easier than ever to stay in touch throughout workflows.
Start by demonstrating how to add virtual background in Teams. Workplaces that encourage remote workers to use virtual office backgrounds have more focused and productive meetings, and other tools that keep remote team members focused and on target may also be worth considering.
Set Goals and Offer Incentives
Acknowledgement only goes so far toward increasing productivity. Tangible goals and incentives can do a lot more to keep individual members and teams on target.
During virtual meetings and video calls, you can showcase a corporate logo in a Google Meet background image. Maintaining a professional appearance in all work related appearances sets a good example of workplace culture for employees working remotely and external parties.
Identify Ways To Optimize Workflows
Employees have the potential to be most productive when assigned optimized tasks and processes. A growing number of workplaces are automating redundant tasks and freeing employees up to focus on skilled and value-added work. Keep staff on target by ensuring that remote teams are working smart.
A management team that prioritizes clear communication and collaboration can keep employees on target, whether staff report to the workplace or are remote. These tips apply to fully remote, hybrid and in-person work environments.