The BEST way to Hire and Retain REMOTE employees is to design a workforce culture that allows those working away from the office to meet with the rest of the team on a regular basis.

Managing a team of IT professional is both rewarding and challenging – especially if they’re remote employees.  I’ve learned over the years that it takes a unique kind of person to successfully function away from the heartbeat of that traditional office environment most workers take for granted.  It’s equally challenging to recruit remote employees – to convince the new hire that you actually have a plan to integrate them with the team.  The remote employee needs to have nultiple ongoing touch points to keep them engaged and feeling like they’re truly part of the team.  There are many options and tools available but just a few ideas to keep in mind:

  • Mandatory daily/weekly check points utilizing pertinent topics as not to waste time.
  • Scheduled meetings with visible calendar of availability.
  • Conference calling service.
  • IM (Instant Messaging) software which allows visual availability of team members.  Will display ‘Inactive’ status if away for set period of time.
  • Use of technology: polycom stations or phone headset; video conferencing or at a minimum IM ability with presentation or sharing of desktop for documentation viewing.

If you fail to continually feel a part of the team, you run a very high risk of losing this talent to organizations with a better thought-out plan.

Remember to create a morning touch-base applying any number of team building exercises.  And since taking care of business starts with taking care of you and your team. Propose a ’90 Day Team Challenge’ in meeting their goal(s) of choice.  What better way to show you care about them from a distance. Find out more information today by watching video, ‘What is the Challenge?’ at Http://ModernDay.MyVi.NET

The goal? To keep remote employees on track, healthy and focused while ensuring that working (remotely) for your company or organization is both stimulating and fun!

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