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3 Strategies to Create a Positive Work Environment for Virtual Employees

Over a decade ago, remote work had a poor reputation. Many employers believed that virtual employees would be easily distracted, especially when managers aren’t around to keep tabs on them. However, with the advancement of technology, a lot of business owners found that their companies thrive with remote workers. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19, remote work has become greatly popular overnight. The pandemic compelled a lot of employers to take their business at home, as government officials have ordered people to stay indoors to avoid the spread of the virus. Since then, employers have noticed how much of their employees’ tasks can be done at home.

However, there can be a lot of challenges when handling a remote workforce and one is maintaining a positive culture. While working at home is the most practical option for businesses to continue their operations, the company culture can be at risk. Keeping it consistent across different teams in various places, is essential to a strong business.

Here are three ways you can retain your corporate culture with your remote workforce.

Don’t Forget to Give Recognition. Giving recognition to your employees has always been vital to a successful and productive workforce. During this pandemic, it’s even more important to give recognition to those that have continued to do well, despite the situation. You can send out an email blast or host an online party through Zoom to keep your employees engaged.

Try to Stay Connected As Much As Possible. While the outbreak is nowhere near being over, some of your employees might be feeling down and misguided because of the new normal. Try to check in with your team as much as you can. Take advantage of your social media platforms and encourage them to share their own content at home, such as personal hobbies, productivity tips while working at home, or even recipes. This is a simple way you can make your employees feel connected with each other., Adding a personal aspect to your marketing efforts especially on social media helps to make them feel that you’re in this together.

Create A Warm Onboarding For New Employees. New hires will probably find it challenging to understand how your company works, given that they can’t have the standard employee welcome at the physical workplace. This can have an impact on how the employee does their work. This is why you should create a dynamic onboarding experience, specifically designed for remote employees. One way you can do this is through a personalized video message from the supervisor or the CEO.

As your workforce copes with the new norm, it’s also an opportunity for you to create fun and relevant opportunities for your business to grow. Keeping a positive culture during this pandemic might be difficult at first, but when you understand how to work with remote employees, it should no longer be a problem.

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