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How to Engage with Employees Remotely

Posted By Ava Ewald, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

In an increasingly flexible and technologically advanced professional world, working remotely is becoming typical of the modern workplace. However, COVID-19 has made working remotely more common for organizations that haven’t done this previously across their entire workforce. RPI strives to educate and empower employers to recognize employees wherever they may be, leading to better employee engagement.


Lisa Massiello, CRP, is the Design & Governance Manager on Wells Fargo's Enterprise Recognition team and past RPI President. Her company has had virtual staff in place for years, and Lisa shared some relevant insight based on her experience making sure that employees feel recognized remotely, too.


1.      Hold check-in meetings

Even if it is a quick 30-minute Zoom meeting about how everyone’s weekend was, that connection is more important than ever when employees are remote. It can be hard to maintain company culture remotely, but meetings like these can reinforce the feeling of community.

2.      Send a quick note

Send a quick email to check in, say thank you, or ask how someone is doing. Try to mimic little check-ins you may do in the office. This can give space for employees to give feedback or ideas.

3.      Emphasize listening

Listening to others becomes much more difficult when meetings are done remotely. Try to give every employee in an online meeting the opportunity to speak so everyone feels heard. It Is more important than ever for employees to be engaged in meetings.


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