Whether you’ve got one remote worker or your entire team is distributed, helping them embrace your company culture can mean the difference between having truly engaged employees and those who are just in it for the paycheck.
Consider adopting the following tips to make your remote workers truly part of your team.
1. Educate Remote Workers on Details
When you hire new in-house employees, you likely spend some time ramping them up: You introduce them around, explain who they’ll be working with, what hours everyone keeps, etc.
When doing the same with your remote team members, don’t forget to fill them in on the details that local employees figure out on their own: Which folks prefer to be contacted by email instead of phone calls, how open the “open door” policy really is, when their coworkers are heading on vacation, etc.
These types of things can affect your remote worker’s productivity and how they are perceived by your local team. Taking the initiative to educate your remote folks about these “little things” can make them feel like they are truly a part of your team, even when they’re miles away.