RPI aims to help you improve your recognition and engagement practices, developing its 7 Best Practice Standards to guide you through the process of bettering your program. It may be overwhelming to process how to improve your program when you are not with your employees in person, but with simple steps, you can find ways to engage your employees from a distance.
For many, remote work is the new normal. Many of us have been able to see the benefits and challenges that come with it and are looking for ways to make remote work more productive and gratifying. In this post, we will review some habits that successful remote teams engage in to promote productivity, engagement and team building.
- Team members have home workspaces
Finding a consistent space to work in helps you mentally separate work from home when they are in the same place. A Business News Daily article explains that this can be as simple as a set of notepads and pens that you set out on your kitchen table every day—it does not necessarily have to be an entire separate room or office. This habit is important for creating a work routine from home.
- Teams maintain an online team workspace
In addition to having your own designated work space at home, Business News Daily recommends having a clear and consistent virtual workspace that you share with your employees. This may be a chat platform like Google Meet, Slack or a GroupMe text group message. While email works great, having an informal platform for more casual chat promotes team building.
- Teams meet frequently
Communication needs to be constant. Quoted in Forbes, Project Management Institute CEO Sunil Prashara recommends daily check-ins with employees to not just touch base on ongoing projects, but to also make sure that everyone is feeling okay and motivated. This is important for any remote team at any time, but particularly now with a global pandemic that is putting extra weight on many around the world.
- Members are empathetic
Harvard Business Review regards empathy as one of the main factors that make a remote team successful. Many employees are working in the same spaces where their children are trying to learn and their pets play. Be patient with employees when they are interrupted, as many are trying their best to work and run households.
- They take time to chat
Another way to build trust on your remote team is to foster chitchat. Medium explains that you have to be much more intentional about this when you are remote versus when you are in the office. Knowing about your employees’ and coworkers’ hobbies and interests outside of work makes it more fun to work with them. Successful remote teams spend time getting to know each other.
Working remote is not easy. You have to be thoughtful about how you craft your schedule, your space, and your modes of communication.
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