By John Turner, founder of SeedProd
Couple that statistic with a reported 80 to 90 percent of employees saying that they would like to work from home some of the time, per Global Workplace Analytics data, and it’s no surprise that business owners are accommodating this request.
Let’s explore several ways you can ensure the success of your remote team. These are all tricks that anyone can use to see more engagement, increased productivity and clearer communication among their staff.
Establish clear expectations.
Remote workers expect guidance when they start at your company. Without expectations, employees can be confused, frustrated and unable to perform confidently. Imagine if you were in a situation where someone hired you for a new job, helped you get set up and then just stopped talking to you. How would you feel? Odds are, you would feel uncomfortable and unhappy.
There are several ways you can start building expectations for new hires. First, I recommend expressing your company values to everyone that you interview for a position. Potential employees should understand what your company stands for, the collective goal and what role they play in the process.
Additionally, create quarterly goals for all of your employees so they can understand what they should accomplish during that time. When your employees know what you expect, especially when you work with a large remote team, there’s a better chance for overall success.
Schedule team meetings and reviews.
Communication is vital to the success of your remote team. Team meetings and reviews keep everyone on the same page and help your staff develop on a professional level. When you’re working with a large staff of remote workers, try to hold weekly team meetings where you go over goals, future expectations and key performance indicators.
These weekly meetings are great for setting expectations, but they have the added benefit of creating an open line of communication between managers and staff. When you consider that isolation is one of the biggest problems plaguing remote workers, these weekly meetings become necessary for promoting positive mental health within your business.
Quarterly reviews are useful for engaging with your employees and keeping them up to date on their performance, including areas of opportunity and where they succeed. The goal of these meetings is to encourage employees to better themselves through constructive feedback while emphasizing companywide transparency.
Invest in the right tools.
You wouldn’t expect someone to build a house with no construction equipment or supplies, right? When you want to further the success of your remote team, make sure they have the necessary resources at their disposal.
There are several general tools to adopt as part of your business if you want to create a strong team of employees. First, I recommend getting a chat program that everyone can use from their smartphone or laptop. Chat channels allow for team collaboration and help build a sense of community.
Additionally, you’ll want to encourage your staff to download video software for your weekly meetings. There are countless tools available based on your specific needs and company size. I suggest using video software as a way to build a stronger connection with your staff. Face-to-face interactions help workers feel like they belong, and they help erase some of the communication barriers that come with a remote workforce.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your employees have all of the job-related tools they need. You’ll likely have to pay for software, create business email addresses and much more, but the benefit of empowering your employees with the right tools far outweighs the time and money it takes to set up new accounts.
Back to you.
Remote work is here to stay. As business owners, it’s our job to innovate and find new ways to improve the remote office environment for our employees. You can start using these tricks to streamline communication, build rapport with your staff and run a successful business from your home office.
John Turner is the founder of SeedProd, the most popular coming-soon page solution for WordPress used by over 800,000 websites.
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