In a world where virtual work is much more common now, the transition to telecommuting for some may not be easy. According to Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), remote work could eventually result in disengaged employees. When there are disengaged employees, their productivity and motivation to work could deter and affect the business. In today’s blog post, we have compiled 4 ways in which managers can keep their remote employees engaged.

1. Create a Culture Calendar

Plan culture calendars 6 months in advance and go over the schedule every Monday with your team. This way employees have something to look forward to! Include volunteer opportunities, socially distant Town Hall Meetings, virtual happy hours, virtual birthday celebrations, etc. Summer is right around the corner so it’s the perfect time to plan a socially distant picnic in the park!

2. Hold Well Rounded Meetings

Meetings should not just be about business. Hold well rounded meetings where you are discussing personal development opportunities, self-education as well as fun and games. This way employees feel like they are connecting with managers on different levels.

3. Create Different Chat Groups via Team/Slack

We all use some sort of business communication platform nowadays, whether that is Microsoft Teams, Slack, or Google Chat. Utilize these tools to create various chat groups such as an urgent channel, general “swivel” channel and a fun channel. For example, the urgent channel would be used for time sensitive questions. The general “swivel” channel would be used for FAQs and the questions you used to ask your neighbor. The fun channel would be used to share memes, dog pictures, favorite work time snacks, etc.

4. Constantly Pulse Check with Team Members

Email your team members weekly and have them rate their work from home experience on a scale from 1-10. This will give you some guidelines as to what concepts are working as a manager and what concepts are not working. This also shows employees that you value their feedback.

According to an AJC article, working remotely is expected to keep trending as the new norm. It is true that the pandemic has forever changed the business world. We can no longer swivel in our office chairs and ask our neighbor burning questions. We turn our chairs around and there is only a wall or, if you are lucky, a furry friend. Hopefully, these tips sparked some interest on how to keep your employees engaged in a work from home setting. As we continue to navigate the new norm together, Focus is here to help you with all your business needs. If we can help, please do not hesitate to reach out at (770) 937-0410.

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