Shifting to a remote workforce takes practice for even the most prepared organization, and finding ways to communicate, build connections, and maintain a culture with your remote workforce can be a challenge. But 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 give employees the opportunity to meet together in a natural, friendly, and engaging way. 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 quick or more casual conversation, instant messaging is a fantastic tool to keep in touch and stay on the same page. Instant messaging can happen one-on-one, or in a team or group setting, and allows users to communicate via text and to send documents, images, gifs, or other fun or important information. Instant messaging in MangoApps is also accessible from any smartphone, tablet, or applicable smart device, helping employees reach out and connect both at a desktop and on the go.
Create Partnerships and Teams
In a study recently 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. While coworkers might not be physically working in the same area, creating partnerships and teams where applicable help workers increase output, form friendships, and feel connected to their work community. Tools like weekly status reports and regular newsletters also 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 easy to get busy and forget to keep in regular contact. But remote workers need to know leaders are still aware of them and have their best interest at heart. Show your remote employees you’re attentive to them by keeping in touch often 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, are aware of their goals, and recognize individual achievement.
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.