Managing Remote Employees

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“I hardly hear from you!” I remember hearing these words from a co-worker while on a remote team. It wasn’t that I was reserved or quiet. It was that we barely saw each other. At the time, video calls weren’t popular at my remote job, so we really didn’t see each other. I knew he wouldn’t be saying that if we were in office. “Around 62 percent of employees aged 22 to 65 say they work remotely at least occasionally.” —Owl Labs So many employees are faced with challenges while working for companies, both remotely and in person. People still want to feel valued and appreciated. Often the top issue is figuring out how to have good well-being while working in that environment. Many organizations lose money because well-being is a bottom priority. It should be a top priority because people will be willing to work with you long-term if you show that you care. Because “remote” is a new environment for many, you should take time to realize the major differences in a new setting. People have different strengths and weaknesses, and these strengths can be magnified depending on the environment. An employee that excels working in person may struggle in a remote environment. If you are the employer/leader, be aware of these possible changes early on so you can plan for them and be ready before they happen. Of course, we have technology that helps us collaborate, but you still can’t see and talk to employees as much as you may like to. Often, we may forget how much in-person interactions mean to us. Of course, we get to see if team members are actually doing their work, but we also get to know more about how they are feeling through non-verbal communication. Emails can provide us with only so much information—which can often be misinterpreted if not written clearly and effectively. We want to be proactive when it comes to working with our teams because it can lead to long-term results and happy employees. Well-being and employee satisfaction are key. Sometimes people can leave the company for unknown reasons. We want to do our part and keep them involved and make it a point to understand how they feel about our organization.   Contact us to set up a remote or hybrid teams training for your team!    

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