A recent article, 5 Ways to Ensure Remote Employees Feel Part of the Team by Jon Elvekrog says that it can be a morale damper if your remote team feels unappreciated or left behind on significant events, conversations and culture building activities just because they are not physically present.
Here are four tips to show you value each and every employee — regardless of where they work.
1. Promote social interaction.
Let your team member work out of a coworking space if it’s possible. However, if a co-working setup isn’t available, encourage your team members to get out of their home office from time to time by sending them a gift card to a local coffee shop.
2. Build strong communication.
Provide your remote team the essential tools like Skype, Slack and Asana to ensure they feel connected and help everyone get updated on a project. Hold your team responsible to themselves and to each other, and look for ways to promote collaboration and communication across plug and play offices.
3. Schedule regular visits.
Allow your remote team to come to head office at least once a year to join company meetings/events and team-building activities as well. Make their visit worthwhile and at the same time enjoyable.
4. Foster local involvement.
Find creative ways for your remote team to become involved in local conferences and industry events as a representative of your company. This will make your team member feel valued and at the same time promote your business among the broader community.
These simple tips will help you create a strong company culture that goes beyond physical location. If you are looking for workspace solutions for your remote team, YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.
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