Among the many benefits enjoyed by the 21st century, the workforce is the concept and practice of flexible locality. While jobs like retail and labor often require their employees’ physical presence to get the job done, more and more workers are taking their careers off-site and enjoying the freedom that comes with that. But without direct daily contact, how do you maintain solid connections and make remote employees a part of your company culture? It can be a tricky balancing act, but quite a few companies are accomplishing that quite successfully.
Use online spaces to your advantage
Almost everyone engages with at least some form of social media – the available platforms and proprietary solutions are nearly limitless. By providing your employees a virtual place to interact with each other in the fun, “water cooler” casual conversation that many people look for in a work environment, you can provide vital experience and a necessary outlet.
Distance doesn’t have to mean separation
Since a company with a preponderance of remote workers will probably never have a softball or bowling league, younger generations have come up with some new ideas. Why not encourage online gaming? From sports to fantasy to military conquest, there are multiple platforms that allow for group activity and interaction among participants.
Let go of old modalities
Not everything about the good old days was good. One thing that can be relegated to the trash heap without being missed is micromanagement of employees. They don’t like it, it’s a time-suck for you, and it often produces resentment and lowers productivity. So kiss micromanaging good-bye happily!
Take time to communicate
Whether it’s via FaceTime or Skype or occasional face-to-face meetings, get to know your team. Communicate regularly about work expectations and other aspects of your working relationships.
Are you managing a remote team? Let us know, in the comments section, what’s your secret to building a company culture among your remote employees.