How To Boost Engagement & Retention Amongst Remote Employees 

Minimising the turnover of employees is vital if you want your business to thrive. On average, companies with low turnover rates rake in profits four times larger than those with employee retention problems. This shocking statistic is attributable to several factors, including the costs associated with hiring, training, and onboarding new hires, and productivity lost through unfilled vacancies. 

Typically, HR teams and managing directors hang on to talented employees by offering rewards such as promotions and pay increases. Of course, money and rewards aren’t everything, so, many companies work hard to implement an appealing company culture. 

Modern employees appreciate work environments in which they feel valued and connected to others. As such, retention strategies have traditionally revolved around nurturing employee relationships via social events and helping workers maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As many companies move toward flexible and remote working arrangements, these retention strategies, however, are becoming less feasible. The good news is that companies allowing remote work boast a 25% lower employee rate compared to entirely office-based companies. The bad news is that you cannot rely on this statistic alone – remote employees still want to feel valued and connected to their peers. 

So, how can you achieve this kind of healthy company culture if you have a large number of remote workers on your hands? We’ve put together some helpful tips to boost retention and morale:

tips to boost retention

Reducing your turnover of employees is all about adapting to the new digital world and encouraging communication between workers. Strategies to try could include:

prioritise video communications

Sending an email is often faster than organising a video conference. However, overreliance on emails and text chats can lead to a culture of loneliness, isolation, and lack of accountability. According to a recent report, 48% of remote workers miss conversing with their colleagues, while 40% miss the company celebrations that take place in offices. 

To remedy this, encourage workers to use applications such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams as much as possible. The beauty of video chat is that it nurtures casual conversation and allows friendships to develop while maintaining an atmosphere of professionalism. 

provide a high quality onboarding experience

Welcome new starters into the company with a seamless onboarding process. Start by ensuring employees have access to all of the tech they need before their first day and offer to purchase office essentials if necessary. This could include, for example, an ergonomic chair for employees with postural issues or a company laptop pre-installed with relevant software. You must also provide plenty of accessible information about the company and arrange welcome meetings to ensure employees get to know their peers. 

offer regular, high quality feedback

Don’t leave employees to their own devices for long periods. Check in with them and offer valuable feedback about the quality of their work. While you may believe that workers want to be left alone, this is completely false. Remote employees who receive regular feedback from their managers are three times more likely to feel motivated and engaged compared to those who don’t.

run regular surveys

Are you wondering what your employees want from you? Distribute employee satisfaction surveys on a monthly or quarterly basis and use the results to improve your retention strategies. As well as helping you deliver a better experience for remote employees, this will ensure that workers feel valued and respected.

help employess manage their work-life balance

While remote working arrangements can reduce commuting times and offer greater flexibility for parents, they can also make it difficult to separate work time from personal time. Women in particular face difficulties with remote working, as many handle domestic duties while at home. According to a recent survey, 57% of mothers have struggled to juggle childcare and work commitments over the past year. 

As an employer, you can help workers manage their work-life balance by offering flexible hours or discounts on childcare services. You must also promote the importance of a healthy work-life balance to ensure your employees don’t suffer burnout. Encourage them to maintain a routine and don’t message employees outside of work hours.

share important updates with everyone

If you juggle a mixture of remote and in-office teams, it’s all too easy to forget to keep remote workers in the loop. To avoid feelings of resentment and isolation on the remote side, distribute weekly updates to ensure everyone is on the same page.

organise remote social events

An increase in remote working doesn’t mean social events have to end. Consider hosting a company-wide trivia or escape game night to help colleagues get to know each other and remember to include prizes at the end. Relaxing and unwinding at the end of a tough week is one of the best ways to boost employee morale, after all.

Author: Jon Conelias – CEO, Elevent

Photo credit: Ketut Subiyanto

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