Apr 13

The importance of Face to Face Engagement in Remote Staffing

According to a study done by Gallup in 1995, only 9% of the global workforce believed in working remotely. However, presently, that statistics increased four times its rate to a whopping 37%. Employees and employers alike are starting to see the benefits of working remotely and are enjoying it fully.

However, remote staffing isn’t just a trend, it is slowly becoming a marketable HR benefit used by visionaries to recognize the benefits of remote work for both organizations and their workers. While remote working does not require a face to face engagement between clients and employees, meeting remote workers once in a while, face-to-face, is proven to help build a stronger working relationship among team players in an organization.

Now, the big questions are, can teams of remote staff create and sustain the outcomes-based drive to escalate company success?  Is it really important for clients to extend an effort and meet their remote staff face to face?

Investing in a face to face meeting with a remote team once or twice a year will do the business well. Not only is this important to build a harmonious working relationship among the team, but this will also make a company’s remote staff feel like they’re valued, and are an important part of the business structure and success, which will eventually translate to a more productive team of remote workers. These kinds of face-to-face meetings are important in ensuring employee engagement.

The word “engagement” is very subjective and almost too impossible to be defined. It means more than having these remote workers finish tasks assigned, or having them speak up their opinions. Engagement means more than the team interacting with each other. What is sure though is that engagement doesn’t just happen like magic. It needs extra effort from both the business owner and his or her employees’ end. It requires management. It requires attention.

Meeting remote staff face-to-face help them develop their strengths, and encourage them to be of help to their other team members. It develops skilled employees who can sustain a strong team that is aligned to the company goals. Also, meeting remote employees face-to-face helps businesses assess their overall health. During sessions like these, a team is put together to identify the top focus areas and get everyone involved on mini-task forces to work on resolving business issues and then provide an update to resolve the issues.

Nowadays, there is this term called “workcation”. It is a face-to-face meeting with the remote staff wherein even when everyone is “working”, everyone is also very relaxed and is in a vacation-like environment.

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