An increasing number of workers are choosing to be remote employees as employers look to cut costs and hire top talent regardless of geographical location.
While many are grateful for the opportunity to telecommute, the position can have its drawbacks. Remote employees are more likely to feel isolated or disconnected from their coworkers and the organization as a whole.
Companies can enhance the satisfaction of remote employees by using video conferencing and other high tech tools to promote collaboration and connectivity.
Making Remote Employees Feel Part of the Team
There’s nothing quite like a face-to-face meeting for getting things done. Unfortunately, a face-to-face meeting used to be a rare thing for remote employees. That has changed with the advent of video conferencing equipment. The software and hardware for video conferencing are widely available in platforms that are very easy to use. Video conferencing makes it possible for remote employees to connect to each other, their co-workers on-site, and clients.
Remote employees and onsite workers will forge better bonds when they can quickly and easily connect with one another. Your intranet should make video conferencing and chatting a snap. Not only should employees be able to reach each other with ease, but also it’s important that remote employees have the same access to important documentation and materials as other employees, plus the same technical support system so they get the same software and receive timely updates.
Make an Effort to Include Telecommuters
Make a point of having weekly or monthly department meetings that include everyone whether they are present in person or via video conferencing. Also, consider having quarterly or bi-annual meetings that bring everyone onsite. Telecommuters can be flown in for the occasion. These in person meetings are a wonderful way for coworkers to get to know each other better and feel like they are part of a cohesive team.
Boost the Connection
Many companies are making use of social media as a means of building better connections with remote employees. Use social media to let far away workers know that the organization is there to support them.
CCS Midwest Can Improve Remote Collaboration
Let CCS Midwest be your partner when creating your remote workforce. We can identify and integrate the perfect video conferencing system for your needs, providing training and technical support.
To get started, contact us today at (402) 913-3700.