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How to Prioritize Employees Within Your Remote Organization
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How to Prioritize Employees Within Your Remote Organization

Although the idea working remotely has been around for quite some time now, we’re currently witnessing a larger implementation of remote work since the start of the pandemic in 2020. With this transition comes a difficult responsibility in maintaining strong relationships between employers and employees; how do you make sure your employees are on task, engaged, and motivated?

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Christiana Stankewitz
March 25, 2022

Although the idea working remotely has been around for quite some time now, we’re currently witnessing a larger implementation of remote work since the start of the pandemic in 2020. With this transition comes a difficult responsibility in maintaining strong relationships between employers and employees; how do you make sure your employees are on task, engaged, and motivated?

It isn’t easy. Without the commute to a collaborative work environment where you’re surrounded by your coworkers, it can be hard for employees to stay on task. While more than six-in-ten teleworkers say it’s been very or somewhat easy to stay motivated, more than three-in-ten say this has been difficult for them (29% somewhat difficult, 7% very difficult).

I recently read Jim Collins’ Good to Great, which laid out how to transform good companies into great companies. One of my favorite ideas from the book was about finding the right people for the company. When setting a company up for greatness, it’s important to focus on the who > the what. The “right” people will always find a path to success.

Finding the “right” people can be a challenge if you don’t set up an environment that attracts quality talent. After all, the people are what make up a successful company.

3 Ways to Prioritize Remote Employees

Amidst the Great Talent Recession, we’ve found that it’s more important now more than ever to prioritize our remote employees because of these very reasons. When it comes to working remotely, employers will see higher engagement when the needs of employees are being met. It becomes crucial to supply employees with the best remote environment possible in order to retain engagement and make sure the business runs smoothly.

It can be difficult to find the best and most effective management process within a remote organization. Starting with an employee’s first day on the job, it’s time to take a closer look at how you treat your employees and what you do in order to provide the best working experience.

1. Measure performance (but don’t micromanage)

No one likes being micromanaged. If we were working in a physical office, we wouldn’t stop by each employee’s desk every 30 minutes to check on progress. That’s a recipe for disaster and an unhappy employee.

So how are we supposed to measure progress when we’re not even face to face on a daily basis?

Reports exist for a reason. Many platforms utilized by businesses have reporting features that are available for your team to use. Create a system to monitor these reports, and set goals that are challenging (yet attainable). One of the ways we prioritize setting goals is through the use of OKR’s (Objectives and Key Results). Our team works together to decide quarterly OKR’s, and employees are responsible for making sure we hit those targets. We don’t choose to micromanage by creating a detailed task list in order to complete OKR’s; we give our employees the creative freedom they need in order to fulfill the goal. We find that this is a productive way to set goals without limiting the critical thinking skills of our team.

Depending on what works for your team, make sure to schedule daily, weekly, or monthly meetings to go over reports. Set an agenda that revolves around the team’s progress, setting goals, and collaboration.

2. Communicate/Be transparent about changes

Besides setting up structured calls in order to touch base, it’s necessary to check in with your employees on a more regular (and personal) basis. With our organization being fully remote, we’ve noticed that it becomes more difficult to connect with employees and maintain productivity without good communication throughout the day.

Our team uses Slack as our platform of choice; we’re constantly messaging throughout the day and jumping on “huddles” as our way to bounce ideas off each other. Collaboration is a key to success for every business, and that can’t happen without strong communication.

The same thing goes for any changes within the business. As Pixoul continues to grow rapidly, we are implementing new processes to make our workflow more efficient. When new processes are put into place, we make sure to let our team know as soon as possible, and we are open to receiving immediate feedback.

It’s easy to lose touch and spend your day working independently. Don’t let this happen; if the goal is to build a tight-knit team, you need to have transparent communication at all times.

3. Find perks that work for your business

Company benefits give your business a competitive advantage when hiring. Whether it be unlimited PTO, professional development opportunities, paid volunteer days, or a massage every month paid for by the company, find the right benefits that work for your business. We offer our full-time employees unlimited PTO. If one of our employees needs a sick day/mental health day, we want to provide them with an encouraging and understanding environment. Great work won’t be prioritized if our employees can’t focus on their wellbeing.

Remember to set aside time for socializing. Let’s be real; how much time in a physical office is spent by having casual conversation? A decent amount. When working remotely, there isn’t as much opportunity to build relationships with coworkers, and that is crucial for strengthening a team.

Find something that works for your team. Call your employees just to check in. Send a message when you just want to chat. At Pixoul, we have remote happy hours every two weeks. Since we’ve started setting aside social time for our employees, we’ve had more fun within the company and gotten to know everyone a bit better.

How We Can Help

We know it’s difficult to build a solid company culture; that’s why we’re here to help. When scaling your team, you want to find the “right” people who can become a part of your company’s vision. When going through the Staffing & Recruitment process, we make sure to find the best of the best so your team is on track to become a great company.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christiana Stankewitz

Christiana is Pixoul's Operations Coordinator, focusing on business flow and organization. Her goal is creating smooth and friendly relationships throughout our internal team and client teams.

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