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How to Keep Your Employees Connected in Remote Professions

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Remote professions are becoming more commonplace in specific sectors that have less physical requirements, such as real estate, marketing, and project management.

Many professionals are attracted to these roles due to their work-life balance benefits, flexibility, and enhanced employee packages.

When it comes to flexible work, women and young professionals seem to be the key recruitment drivers.

Why? Mothers can return to work faster after pregnancy, ensuring that their career isn’t affected by personal responsibilities.

Additionally, young people can live in low-cost countries to save for frankly unaffordable housing in their home countries and travel the world while gaining career skills and experience.

On the flip side, remote workers are experiencing a loss of connection to their fellow employees, feelings of isolation, and even suspicions of inequality in the workplace between office-based and home-based workers.

Clients can also become concerned about the remote business model if this is new to them.

To counteract this, we’ve crafted this blog post about the best technological tools and management practices to help your remote employees to stay connected.

Use Technology to Improve Remote Communication

Technology already plays a huge part in making remote professions viable.

With a secure global internet connection, worldwide teams are now able to deliver projects seamlessly, and business leaders can handpick the most skilled applicants from any country.

Technology can also help aid our communication between our remote teams and our customers.

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Slack Messenger —

According to Business Insider, Slack has 8 million daily active users.

Both internal and client-facing channels can be created on Slack to help facilitate projects by easy sharing of ideas, documents, and feedback.

Virtual Landlines —

Some small business phone plans can divert professional landline numbers to a variety of mobile devices.

Not only does this help your remote business to look legitimate and professional, but it also adds ease to the customer call process.

Plans of this nature also tend to include sophisticated call forwarding systems that make sure teams can share the responsibility of answering calls.

Project Management Software —

All types of project management programs have come on the market to help teams to control delegation, project progress, and large file types.

This isn’t a technology tool that’s only reserved for remote teams as plenty of in-house agencies use them too.

For remote leaders, these programs are particularly beneficial as they can help the head of a project to see the status of work at a glance.

Create a Company Culture That’s Focused on Connection

While technology can come in handy to facilitate and enhance remote connections, these tools only work if they are built on a solid foundation.

That’s where your ability to create a positive, tailor-made company culture comes in.

Remote company culture is serious stuff — it’s even been named “part of your company’s DNA” with remote leaders recommending that owners think about their firm as being remote-first.

This means embracing the fact that your company is remote and recognizing its limitations.

Facilitate Face-to-Face Meet-Ups —

Even though you’ll want to focus on all of the positive aspects that remote companies can bring to the table, you should work to facilitate face-to-face meet-ups.

Perhaps you can set aside a portion of your funding to plan an annual get together so that individuals who usually work in isolation can get acquainted and celebrate their joint progress.

If you’re not the type to organize events, there are plenty of remote work organizers out there who can do this for you — after all, it’s their job!

Organizers of The Remote Work Summit, The Remote Life are experts in bringing global organizations together to enjoy unified retreats.

Use Physical Locations Such as We Work —

There’s nothing wrong with giving your employees the option of staying at home to smash out some hours or getting involved at a local community space.

We Work is a monthly office space subscription that operates in over 115 cities worldwide.

Set Meetings in Stone —

We understand that for most of the year, annual get-togethers and We Work locations might not be so practical (or even desirable, for some).

Instead, make sure that you get some interactive calls scheduled in ahead of time so that workers don’t have a lonely agenda for months on end.

A quick Zoom or Skype call can be really beneficial for people who work independently.

As opposed to just chatting with someone on a messenger or taking an audio call, video calls allow you to see the person’s body language and facial expressions.

This will help your entire team to strengthen their bonds and social levels.  

About the author

Rory Whelan

Rory Whelan is a communications expert with over twenty years experience in consultancy, television, media and telecoms. Since 2012 he has held the role of marketing manager for eReceptionist, leading the product to become the favourite call management company for UK SMEs.

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