One of the benefits of advanced technology in the workplace is that it allows for more flexibility for employees, including the opportunity for some to work remotely. Although this provides many benefits to the employee, it presents some challenges to managers. Here’s how to adapt your management style to engage employees who work remotely:
1. Communicate regularly
Managing a remote team can often feel like “out of sight, out of mind” to both the manager and the employee. Focus on staying connected through weekly phone meetings, conference calls, video chats or text messaging.
2. Engage through recognition
Recognition is an incentive for doing well. Provide employees with real-time feedback rather than only during annual reviews. Publicly recognize employees for work well done through group emails or team conference calls. Alternatively, work.com provides a platform to electronically measure performance, recognize employees and notify the team whenever someone accomplishes a noteworthy task.
3. Stay connected
If your organization has an intranet, leverage it to connect your employees and remote workers. Alternatively, you could use Yammer, a private social network, or create a Facebook group and encourage users to post news, updates and even work-appropriate jokes. Having a central place where all employees can interact keeps them connected.
As companies continue to move to a flexible workplace there will be more employees who opt to work remotely. Managing those employees can be an opportunity for managers to get creative with their.