Shifting to a remote workforce takes practice for even the most prepared organization. Finding ways to communicate, build connections, and maintain a culture with your remote workforce can be a challenge. Fortunately, remote work doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little forethought and the right tools in place, employees can connect with coworkers, increase opportunities, and even improve work performance, all within a remote environment.
Stay Connected with Video Conferencing
Just because you’re working away from the office doesn’t mean you can’t still connect face to face. Video conferencing tools provide employees the opportunity to meet even when they’re at different locations. Whether it’s managing a weekly meeting or enjoying a virtual lunch break, video conferencing makes remote communication a personal and interactive experience, while still allowing employees to work from wherever they need.
Engage with Instant Messaging
For more casual conversation, instant messaging is a fantastic tool to keep in touch and stay on the same page. Instant messaging allows users to communicate via text and to send documents, images, gifs, or other information. You can make remote work easy with MangoApps. Instant messaging is accessible from any smartphone, tablet, or applicable smart device. This ensures that employees can reach out and connect both at a desktop and on the go, creating a truly remote workforce.
Create Partnerships and Teams
In a study conducted by the University of Utah, researchers discovered that employees who work in pairs accomplish work twice as quickly. And remote work isn’t any exception. Coworkers might not be physically working in the same area, but can still form friendships and be connected within a remote workforce. Tools like weekly status reports can help team members stay included in both organizational changes and employee updates.
Stay in Touch With Employees
When leaders work in a different physical space from employees it’s becomes easy to forget to keep in regular contact. Remote workers need to know leaders are still aware of them and have their best interest at heart. In a remote workforce, you need to keep in touch with employees via email, chat, video conferencing, and other tools. While you want to follow up on work, of course, don’t make every conversation a reporting or management meeting. Take time to build relationships and let employees know you appreciate their work and recognize their achievements.
With a little work, staying connected to coworkers while working remotely can be a serious advantage and business oportunity. No matter where you are in the remote work process, MangoApps is here to help during every step of the way.
To learn more about remote success or how MangoApps improves organizations of every size, check out How to Collaborate While Working Remotely or schedule a personalized demo with us today.