One of the biggest challenges employers face when it comes to having a remote workforce is cultivating a sense of belonging and inclusivity. In other words, keeping your remote employees engaged.
Even under normal working conditions, cultivating a positive culture is a special challenge. But remote work can add an additional layer of complexity because it’s more difficult for dispersed workforces to unite under one vision. There are too many possibilities for distraction.
Plus, it’s too easy for remote workers to feel isolated. According to the Harvard Business Review, loneliness is the biggest struggle to working remotely. Although being alone is not the only cause of loneliness, it can be a significant contributor.
Collaboration, morale, and belonging can all take a hit.
Here are eight great ways good managers can help to keep their remote employees engaged, courtesy of leadership coach Angela Civitella, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and founder of Intinde.