Telecommuting is no longer just a wacky futuristic idea from a whimsical cartoon called the Jetsons; it is reality for 3.3. million employees who work multiple days as week away from the office.
According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com from 2005 -2012 there was about an 80% increase in remote employees.
Keeping Your Balance, the cloud accounting experts, is part of the 80% increase in remote employees and we understand staying connected and creating a work culture for all employees, especially remote ones, is difficult so we want to help your company with these small business tips!
1. Make Face time
Employee tend to prefer face-to-face interaction with their managers. At KYB, we use Google hangouts video and screen sharing often. You can also use Skype or Uber conference call.
Its a good idea to schedule one-on-one time with each remote employee to let them know your on the same page or give them props for their accomplishments.
2. Send an e-card
Send a special e card that can be customized to the specific employee letting them know you appreciate them and that they are a vital part of the team. Every employee like to get personalized accolades or simple recognition for doing their job well.
3. Nominate Remote Workers for Awards
Make sure you give a shout out every now a then to remote employees. Send a company wide email noting a client's praise of a remote employee. You could even just say thanks for another great year in a yearly anniversary in-house news letter filled with candid pics of the employee and their family!
4. Be Mindful of Emails
Don't forget that remote employees, no matter how smart and experienced, do not have the same resources available to them when following up with projects or tasks. Make sure your communication with them whether through conference calls, screen sharing or email is clear and inclusive.