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Engaging Remote Workers

The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented changes for many industries. As social-distancing practices are encouraged, gatherings with over 10 people are banned, and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for all nonessential employees are issued, many employers are asking their employees to work from home.

For some employees, working from home is business as usual. For others, this may be the first time they've telecommuted. This working arrangement may seem exciting at first, but it can lose its appeal over time, resulting in disengaged employees. And, when employees aren't engaged, their productivity and motivation can suffer.

It's up to managers to make sure that doesn't happen. These five steps can help keep employees engaged while they work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Engage Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic
SHRM | Spring 2020

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How do you keep employees focused and engaged from a distance? The key lies in creating multiple communication channels. Because everyone communicates differently, developing various ways to interact will ensure managers are collaborating effectively with all members of their team. It also addresses the communication disconnects that can cause confusion over how or why goals were not achieved.
How To Engage Remote Employees In The Age Of Social Distancing
Green Entrepreneur | Aug 2020

Unlike emails, podcast content is more likely to appeal to employees' emotions and is a more engaging way to spread information. Podcasting is also a cheaper, faster and easier way to distribute information internally than many other distribution methods.
How Companies Can Engage Employees With Internal Podcasts
CMS Wire | Jul 2020

While executives have to make quick business decisions to navigate the pandemic, it's important to keep employees informed as to how and why their work is helping the organization meet its goals. Aligning individual work with organizational purpose and values increases employee engagement and well-being by 49%.
5 Employee Experience Tips to Keep Employees Engaged in the Age of COVID-19
Ring Central | Aug 2020

We share the following thoughts on ways to support each other from the perspective of the organization, manager and entire workforce. We also include suggestions on how to focus on your mental well-being.
Staying Engaged, Staying Connected and Staying Calm
Faegre Drinker | Apr 2020

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