Pawan Kumar is a Digital and Content Marketer at Springworks. He has been featured on many reputed publications and online magazines!
The way we conduct work has completely changed. Before the pandemic, remote working or a few works from home days were allowed for certain employees.
Now, remote working is our new normal. We have had to align our businesses to make sure that our employees are productive and have the necessary resources to succeed.
But, did we make sure that they still feel connected with the rest of their team?
Here are some tips to improve employee engagement:
1. Ask How Your Employees are Doing
Small gestures such as initiating a conversation with your employees can go a long way in engaging them. This also talks a lot about your company culture. Don't wait for opportunities to ask big questions to your employees.
Instead, start by asking how they are doing. Even though it might sound trivial, it sends about a message that you care about them.
As a result, you keep them engaged in the organization. In case your employees are feeling low, this simple question can help bring out their issues and challenges.
2. Team Building Games and Activities
Remote team building is much different than in-office team building. When your team is never in the same room, you have to take a different approach to build your company culture.
Make it a top priority for your remote teams to engage in regular team socializing. This will help to build a genuine human connection with remote workers. Plus, it has a big impact on company culture.
3. Conduct Counselling and Employee Assistance Programs
Since the year 2020 has taken the work culture to a remote environment, several things have changed. Starting from productivity to motivation, collaboration, and communication and team management, all of these things need to be looked on from a distinct perspective.
In other words, you have to accommodate the necessities of employees working from their homes. In this case, you must conduct counseling sessions and organize employee assistance programs to ensure the well-being of employees.
4. Check-in Frequently and Be Proactive
Be proactive in your responsibilities and hear what your employees have to say. Hold regular meetings with your employees in the form of one on one sessions. Ask their experiences on how life is at home and what’s keeping everyone busy once work is done for the day.
This practice will help them open up and discuss the points working well for them as those that are giving them a hard time.
5. Offer Emotional Support (as a Manager)
As a leader of your team, make sure you demonstrate empathy with your employees. Be understanding and avoid going overboard due to minor difficulties. Showing emotional support can go a long way in helping employees bring out the best and work in a stress-free environment.
6. Encourage Work-Life Balance
Clarity is crucial for remote workers to be productive. Therefore, help your employees to achieve work/life balance by encouraging them to take regular breaks to stretch, walk around, spend time with family, or get a healthy snack.
Employees may have to balance their family or housework with their work. Allow them flexible work hours (let them decide their working hours).
90 percent of employees say that flexibility in their work arrangements contributes to their morale
7. Encourage Knowledge Sharing
There's always something new that a person can learn from apart from their daily activities. As a leader, you must encourage knowledge sharing within your team.
This helps employees keep up with the trends and understand the details behind processes. This helps serve your organization in two ways. Even if employees don't undertake additional responsibilities, they come to know about how a particular task is executed. This enhances their portfolio.
On the other hand, employees also become more interdependent when they learn about one or more tasks. Therefore, in the absence of a key member, the activities can go on as usual.
8. Have a Helpline Number Where People Can Reach Out
Prioritize your employees' mental health. Lack of a social circle can lead to the feeling of being isolated. If possible, give people a telephone number to talk freely and reach out for any help. Encourage the environment that it is always a good idea to talk about one's feelings.
9. Send Regular Surveys
Sending regular surveys to check on your employees’ mental health is a great strategy. You can ask questions related to workload, work-life balance, anxiety/stress, and if they want to discuss their mental health with managers. These surveys can help you read your employees’ mental health and take preventive measures.