Employee Engagement Ideas For Your Remote Team

We have always stressed how important is employee engagement for organizations. Engaged employees find fulfillment at their job, stay motivated, and are satisfied with their job roles. They are more committed than other employees to do their job. It results in an increase in employee productivity and improves retention.

WHAT IS EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT?

Employee engagement is not limited to measuring the amount of work done by an employee or their happiness levels. It is more than that. Forbes defines employee engagement as an emotional commitment that an employee has towards the organization and its goals. A recent report by Gallup highlights some interesting statistics on employee engagement that further corroborates its importance for organizations.

  • Almost 90% of employers think that employees leave for a better salary, but only 12% of employees actually do so
  • 70% of engaged employees understand better how to meet customer needs while only 17% of non-engaged employees feel the same
  • Their studies depict that 85% of employees are not actively engaged at work. These figures are a worldwide count

These figures are a worldwide count.

In the current scenario, where employees are still working from home, it is essential to keep them engaged. Here are some ways in which you can keep your remote teams engaged even in these unprecedented times.

VIRTUAL COFFEE BREAKS

A quick coffee break with colleagues at the office is quite normal. It helps employees to refresh and take their mind off from work. Additionally, it helps to boost productivity and increase employee engagement. Often these breaks lead to brainstorming sessions, which is the ground for the generation of creative ideas and innovation.

In the current scenario, where employees cannot meet physically organize a virtual coffee break. Schedule a 15-minute slot on your team’s calendar where everyone can meet together with tea or coffee over a video call.

FREQUENT CHECK-INS

Remote employees suffer from the fear of missing out. They often feel disconnected from their colleagues, managers, and the organization. Regular check-ins help managers and leaders stay connected with the team. Have daily and weekly team or departmental check-ins and monthly all-hands meetings with your employees. These frequent check-ins help everyone on the team stay coordinated. Moreover, it helps managers understand whether they are facing any challenges with remote work.

REMOTE TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Virtual or online team building activities are a great way for everyone to connect, bond, and share experiences with each other. It helps create a sense of fun, togetherness, and enjoyment, even though when everyone is working remotely. It is necessary to conduct such activities to help your remote team to bond and also rejuvenate. Additionally, it is also known to have a positive impact on employee engagement and productivity.

Online games, fact sharing sessions, book clubs, quizzes, etc., are some simple virtual team building activities that can be conducted to engage your employees. Additionally, you can ask suggestions from your employees to know which activities would they prefer for team-building. – Read more

Learn More About Engagedly

Tips To Improve Productivity As A Remote Worker

When it comes to work, we all know that there isn’t any better feeling than accomplishing all the things you have on your plate. With the current remote working situation, it is understandable that you might not  always feel pumped up to work and accomplish the tasks assigned to you.

Sometimes, despite all your attempts to get things done, you might end the day with a backlog of work and no visible progress. The trick lies in not just working hard, but also in working smart. Grinding away at your task is good, but it helps to use a few tips that can make the process of grinding easier and improve your productivity in the workplace.

Keep That Mobile Away

Let us face it. We all get distracted by our mobile phones and the constant notifications we get on them. Hand-held technology is great and I am ready to sing its praises anytime. However, I cannot deny that it is a time and attention suck. For a few hours during the day, forget about your phones existence. Hide it from your sight and get down to work.

Now, not a lot of us are blessed with the ability to single-mindedly focus on a task. But it does not mean that you cannot aim for productivity.

Schedule certain times during the day where you put up an invisible do not disturb zone around yourself. The aim of scheduling a distraction free block of time is so that you can get a good chunk of work done. This might include plugging in your headphones, and keeping your mobile phone away, or turning off the notifications on it, basically making a commitment to yourself to get things done.

Start With The Hardest

Usually, for most employees, productivity is at its peak at the beginning of the day. So, when you start your work in the morning, you are ready to tackle the day and are fairly well rested. That is why it makes sense to get all the big things done first; when you have the energy to tackle them.

As the day passes, it is common for remote working employees to have drained their energy, this is when you focus on the tasks that are on the bottom line of your priorities. You can do tasks that do not require much of your energy or focus.

Get Moving Around

Really, staying stuck in your chair all day is not going to help you be productive. Your lower body is pretty much vegetating while your upper half suffers through plenty of awkward positions. Get up, take a small walk, be it to the restroom, or to the balcony and give your lower half some much needed blood circulation. The simple act of just stepping away from your system can improve your productivity dramatically.

Get Your Beauty sleep

Power-naps are awesome! No really, they are. 15 to 30 minute power naps are refreshing and help you tackle problems with more zeal. If you haven’t slept properly the night before, then that power nap is your body’s chance to re-calibrate and get some rest. Well-rested employees are key to increased productivity.

Decide When To Stop

When you know that you are going wrap up at 7 o’clock in the evening come rain or shine, then there’s a marked tendency to finish your work faster.

Set a wrap-up time and stick to it. That way you will not have to work for extremely long hours either. In any case, it is very important to know when to disconnect, so that you maintain that work-life balance.

Self-Care

Sleep well, eat well, your body is not a machine. It needs rest and it needs food and sleep to function optimally. We realize that it would be great if we could coast through life on a few hours of sleep and minimal amounts of food but reality is different. In order to function with enthusiasm, you need to eat well and sleep well. Treat your body well and your brain will function like a well-oiled machine. – Read more

Learn More About Engagedly

A Guide To Manage Your Remote Employees

My Post (13).pngThe COVID-19 pandemic has completely limited our workspace to our homes. Globally, managers and leaders are suddenly finding themselves managing remote teams who are working from locations all over the world. This has created challenges for managers, including those from the HR industry. In this article, we have shared some tips on how to manage your remote team.

Setting Up Remote Work Space

Whenever a new employee joins the organization, the manager works on setting up the workspace, which includes assigning desks, providing laptops or desktops, and other important job-oriented necessities. Similarly, when employees are working from home, they need proper tools and applications to make their work easy. Employees should be able to collaborate and interact with each other easily with the help of these tools. Some of the tools which employees can be given access to, are:

  • Engagedly: A real time performance management software to manage goals, performance reviews, rewards and recognition, and feedback
  • Slack / Zoom / Google Meet: To communicate with each other easily
  • Trello / Basecamp / Asana: For project management

These tools will help in improving employee engagement and productivity for remote employees.

Frequent One-on-Ones

Ensure to engage with your remote employees on a daily or weekly basis. Use emails, Instant Messaging, or Video Conferencing tools to communicate with your employees. As a manager, interact with them to know whether they need any support with their remote working. Keep them informed with all the rules and policy changes of the organization.

Video Conferencing

Conduct your weekly team meetings face-to-face over video conferencing tools, instead of conducting it over a call. As per the Harvard Business Review, when employees connect over a video conference, they feel more engaged and motivated. It sets a personal connection with the teammates, and everyone gets an in-office feeling, although working remotely. Tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, Slack, or Skype can be used for the meetings.

Recognize Success

Employee reward and recognition helps in improving employee engagement, productivity, and lowers the turnover rate. With everyone working from home, it is very common for employees to feel disengaged from time to time. As a manager of a remote team, appreciate and recognize your remote employees whenever possible. It is the best way to keep them engaged and motivated. Since traditional appreciation methods are ineffective in the present circumstances, you can do the following instead: – Read more

Learn More About Engagedly