Here Are 3 Strategies to Make Your Remote Workers Feel More Included

I distinctly recall when working from home first became commonplace. It was indeed possible to move from one task to another without changing out of one’s pyjamas if one had a home office nearby. However, this is no longer the case.

Despite the common perception that working remotely is more straightforward and offers more freedom than attending an office daily, many professional roles can be just as strenuous, if not more so, than the traditional workplace. Although working from home has its perks, such as eliminating long commutes and not having to worry about what to wear depending on the weather, it has become an indispensable part of modern companies.

The proliferation of remote working has provided employers and employees alike with the chance to take advantage of the benefits it brings. Many organisations that offer remote working expect their employees to remain in contact during standard office hours, dress smart-casual for video conferences and other digital meetings and abide by the company’s values and principles.

Working remotely does not have to be a lonely experience and should not be. It is important that those who work away from the office still feel part of the team. By creating an environment that allows remote workers to remain connected, both productivity and job satisfaction can be improved.

Methods of Convergence

Whenever an innovative concept comes to mind, it is advisable to send an email straight away. Video conferencing, telephone conversations and even instant messaging can often be more effective when it comes to connecting with colleagues who are based at a distance. To successfully integrate your remote workers into the company culture, it is recommended to utilise a range of methods as well as communication technologies.

1. Interaction with Others

Interacting with colleagues in social settings is a great way for employees to form stronger bonds with each other. From informal conversations over lunch, to visits to the office and even organised team-building exercises, there are plenty of opportunities to build relationships and foster a more positive working environment. By taking the time to get to know each other outside of the conventional workday, colleagues are more likely to collaborate more effectively and be happier in their work.

Whilst informal gatherings around the water cooler are not possible for remote workers, employers can still ensure their workforce get to know each other through planned events and meetings. Making an effort to bring remote staff together socially is a great way to foster a sense of camaraderie among colleagues. Whether it is through organising regular ‘team lunches’ in a conference room, with Skype being used to include remote staff, or simply engaging in informal conversation before or after meetings, such small efforts can help to create a comfortable and friendly working environment.

2. Give Workers More Say

The widespread misapprehension surrounding remote workers is that they are merely expected to fulfil the duties they are assigned and offer no further value. However, those who go above and beyond and demonstrate commitment to their role and organisation, even when working remotely, are invaluable. On the other hand, those who show little or no ambition to develop their skills can be detrimental to any company. It is essential that remote teams are composed of members who are able and willing to use their expertise to make decisions, voice their opinions and contribute to the general success of the organisation. Therefore, it is important that each individual is treated with the same respect as if they were in the same room, allowing them to be part of the conversation and make a difference.

3. Possible Future Expansion

It is important to recognise that remote workers can be made to feel valued even through simple actions such as providing them with the opportunity to contribute to discussions or to be treated with respect and have their opinions considered during meetings. Furthermore, if their productivity increases and they excel in their work, why not reward them with a raise or promotion? This is a great way to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of remote workers.

No matter the amount of time an individual works from home, they should always be appropriately remunerated for their efforts. Remote employees often have aspirations to remain in their current role for the long term and to progress within the organisation. Without prospects for improvement in their job, their productivity, motivation and engagement are likely to suffer. It is essential that employers create opportunities for growth to make sure they remain competitive in attracting and retaining the best talent. Every employee should be aware that their contributions are helping to secure the company’s future and that they are part of something bigger. Only once these conditions are met, can employers truly benefit from the value that remote workers can bring.

By taking a different approach and treating your remote worker as an integral part of the team, you can look past their physical distance and recognise the benefits they bring to your organisation. Contact Works to learn how you can expand your business with the help of employees based remotely, while still preserving the quality of your workforce and maintaining the identity of your company’s culture.

If you would like to find out more about our unique global recruitment approach and the advantages of hiring remote workers from around the globe, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be delighted to provide you with further information and discuss the potential benefits of taking this approach.

Update:

I have been incredibly encouraged by the positive response my article has received from its readers via email and social media. I am deeply grateful for all the suggestions that have been made about inclusive ways to involve remote workers in team activities.

Working from home does not need to be, nor should it be a purely solitary experience. Remote workers can still maintain a sense of connection with the rest of the organisation and this will have a positive effect on their productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. This connection will make them more dedicated to the company and its success.

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