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Building a remote team can be difficult for an employer in any industry. Without frequent interaction and encouragement in a normal working environment, managers worry that remote workers can feel isolated or won’t be as productive, and there could be a loss of company culture. As a matter of fact, recent studies have actually revealed telecommuters to be more productive, happier and less likely to quit their job.

However, it takes a great deal of effort from managers and directors to create an effective community of remote workers. Here are some top tips for making sure your remote team are happy and productive workers.

Effective communication

It’s absolutely vital that remote workers are kept in the loop throughout the day with updates on tasks and the results of meetings. Find the most useful tools of communication available to you and ensure everyone is well trained in how to use them and how they can optimise operations. If you have quite a large team of remote workers, find a way you can communicate with them all at once, such as a group Skype conversation. This can be useful for general updates, but of course it’s also important to have private communication too.

Keep in mind that it’s always better to over-communicate than under-communicate. Working alone five days a week can quickly make a staff member feel isolated and even undervalued if they are not asked questions or given responsibilities regularly.

Set goals and expectations

While giving employees the option to work from home or other locations can offer some sort of flexibility and a better work/life balance, it’s important the lines don’t blur between work and home life. Keep them motivated by setting weekly if not daily goals and expectations. This way you’ll also be able to spot a productivity issue, but most staff members welcome a challenge.

Build a team culture

Building a company culture is important for any business, but it’s even more essential with a remote team. Let your employees know what’s ok and what isn’t ok, such as sharing funny photos and articles to lighten the mood during work hours. You could also introduce perks such as Spotify Premium or eBook subscriptions as a staff benefit. Additionally, if members of the remote team aren’t overseas or located too far away from an office, then you should also arrange face-to-face meetings or team building exercises every so often, as real life interaction is also important.

Keep these core values in your mind and your remote workers should stay engaged and happy on a daily basis.

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