Day: February 24, 2020
How many of your employees work remotely and spend very limited time (or perhaps no time at all) in the office? Technology has given us the ability to work at home, on a train, in a Starbucks, and even on a beach with near seamless connectivity to and integration with the corporate office. In fact, as I write this I’m sitting in my living room, with my feet propped up on the ottoman, a cup of coffee by my side, and a crackling fire in the woodstove.
After over a decade of working outside a traditional office setting, I would find it pretty tough to make the transition back to that environment. My workplace arrangement hasn’t always been without challenges, though. When I first traded the traditional 9-to-5 office setting for my home office, I struggled with the lack of social interaction I had with my coworkers and sometimes felt out of the loop.
HR needs to pay more attention to—and work harder to eliminate (or at least mitigate)—the alienation that remote workers often experience. Employees who feel out of touch can become turnover risks. Also, when organizations have mostly an office-based work culture, remote employees can end up being forgotten and overlooked for projects and promotions.
To keep remote teams working at maximum efficiency and to keep them as integrated as possible into the organization, try some of the following strategi