The coronavirus has forced many Americans to become remote workers. While remote work has a variety of benefits, there are some drawbacks. Namely, workers will feel less engaged with their company and their team. They don’t have the breakroom to chat and bond with their coworkers, making them feel isolated, unappreciated, and unmotivated to do work. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent that from happening:
Provide Communication Tools
Since you are not in the office, you need to make sure employees have the proper tools on hand in order to communicate with one another. Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and Slack allow for easy communication through video chat or instant messaging. Having a VoIP phone at their disposal will also ensure that they can talk to coworkers whenever they need to!
Happy hour after work is no longer an option, however, employees can still hang out virtually! Zoom or Microsoft Teams are both excellent platforms for employees to stay connected through video chat. This tool is a great option for employees and should never be enforced.
Frequent communication is key to making sure that employees stay engaged. Casual meetings, whether one-on-one or in a group, can help employees feel seen and heard and pose as an opportunity to stay up-to-date on their progress.