Over the last couple of years, remote working has become a very popular offering! What mostly started during the pandemic, has continued to offer many benefits to workforces, resulting in it still being a present offering post-covid.
Remote working reduces the commuting time employees have when coming to work, helps promote a better life-work balance, has been proven to reduce staff turnover, and reduces the need for larger office spaces – which have large costs associated with them as well.
The only caveat that remote working has is that employees don’t get to spend as much time with each other. This means your staff members don’t have as close bonds with each other which although there are many pros for remote workings, can be a big con. Having a close working team can help increase productivity and build working friendships which you won’t have if you aren’t seeing each other.
So how do you make a remote workplace a uniting experience for your employees? From digital workplace solutions to arranging group trips out, Below we look into three ways to unite your team.
Arrange Work Trips Out
Set a date in the calendar each month for you all to get together and catch up. This can be a way to continue to grow bonds and learn more about each other as well as reward them for their hard work. There is a whole range of activities you can do, from enjoying a meal out like an afternoon tea and drinks at a bar to team-building exercises like paintballing, go-karting and more.
Make sure you let your remote workplace team know the dates in advance, that way they can make plans and ensure they can attend, instead of it being last minute. To get the most attendance, it may be that you have to arrange it during your workday as some people may have to travel far to attend. Work trips can be a great way to bring everyone together and also create memories. The better rapport that employees have, the more likely they are to work better as a team in the workplace. It’s a win-win situation! Try to arrange work events at least a few times a year to really get the most benefit from them.
Regular Zoom Meetings
During the weeks when you can’t meet face to face, make sure you have plenty of remote calls set up so that everyone keeps in touch and communicates with each other. They don’t have to be long, 30 minutes to an hour, enough time that they can speak about work as well as enjoy some time together catching up. This helps reduce the feeling of loneliness at work, as they will be working from their home and not communicating with many people on a daily basis.
Especially if it’s been planned for them to only work from home and never have a day in the office. If someone is feeling isolated they might not get as much work done – some people thrive off of social contact so you need to encourage this to happen. You could also do more fun Zoom meetings, such as team Zoom quizzes or virtual wine tasting once a month. This can be a way for everyone to see each other and socialise in an easy and hassle-free way. Zoom is certainly not diminishing in popularity so make the most of it and how it can benefit your business!
Use Collaborative Tools
Collaborative tools are useful for growing your business as well as helping remote workers feel more united. There are many tools out there that you can use to help collaborate when out of the office. Some help with project management, whilst others help with communicating. Slack is often used for messaging whilst Monday is used as a CRM system to help set tasks for employees.
Depending on what your business does, there are many tools that you should look into to help make your remote workplace more united. The Cloud is also a fantastic way for keeping all of your company documents and resources in one easy-to-access place. The Cloud means workers can save their documents in the same shared space and everyone who needs to can access them without having to meet up in person or use the same device.
These are just a few things you can do to make remote working a uniting experience for your employees. Remote working is something that isn’t going anywhere so you want to make sure your employees have the best possible experience and get the most out of it that they can.
Some businesses were forced to adopt remote working during the pandemic but found it was so productive have kept it still and it is continuing to prove popular. It’s a win-win situation for all.