26 Oct Employee Engagement and Remote Work
Employee engagement with remote work has become the new normal for many organizations and is even expected to significantly grow over the next few years. While remote work comes with a whole range of personal, environmental, and economic benefits many businesses are concerned with how remote work may affect employee engagement. Luckily, there are a number of ways that organizations can ensure that their employees are remaining engaged and productive while working from home.
Ways to Ensure Employee Engagement and Productivity
According to a recent survey conducted by MIT, employees who work from home can often feel disconnected from their organizations.1 However, approximately half of all survey participants cited effective communication as an optimal way to mitigate this issue.1 This task falls to team leaders to ensure that they are communicating consistently and frequently with team members. Even something as simple as weekly meetings can provide employees the connection and structure that they need. Keeping in mind that these meetings should be concise and effective meetings of substance, which will allow employees to remain engaged and feel that their time is being respected.
Use innovative methods for keeping employees engaged and productive
We are all now well aware of how exhausting and draining Zoom meetings and virtual conferences can be. Luckily there are several incredible companies working to find innovative and scientifically supported solutions to these problems. GoodGames, for example, has developed numerous game-like experiences that invite participants to step outside of business meeting norms and interact with each other in surprising and innovative ways. These types of experiences are specifically designed to increase engagement, creative thinking, productivity, and innovation. Utilizing these tools can aid organizational leaders in the process of enhancing team engagement, collaboration, and communication, optimizing the benefits of remote work while
simultaneously mitigating any of the negative side effects.
Support employee health and well-being
It is a well-known fact that a healthy organization is a successful organization and this begins with the physical, mental and emotional health of employees. Over the last year and a half of Covid-19, we have seen a drastic increase in mental health issues like anxiety and depression. An individual who is struggling with their physical, mental, or emotional health is less likely to be engaged, productive, or creative in their work. Organizational leaders can support the mental and emotional well-being of their employees by frequently checking in with them and keeping communication channels open. This can be done through the use of short but frequent meetings of substance and encouraging employees to reach out with any questions or problems that they may have. Additionally, business leaders should provide employees with the resources to receive the help they need. These resources can include things such as local contact information for virtual support groups or anonymous telehealth counseling.
Organizational leaders who can find consistent ways to connect to their teams, utilize innovative remote work tools, and provide employees with the resources and support that they need, will see dramatically positive results.
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