Remote employee engagement

Understanding Remote Employee Engagement

Remote employee engagement is central to building sustainable businesses in the future of work. It’s a key item of discussion for organizational leaders with direct impact on longevity, employee satisfaction, and productivity, each vital in creating sustainable business.

Despite return-to-office pressures, remote work is not a fleeting trend. It's the new reality. With that, understanding and implementing strategies for improving employee engagement in remote settings has become necessity. Any disconnect between remote employees, their managers and their employers can have a negative impact on morale and productivity, detrimental to a company's growth.

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The Importance of Employee Engagement

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Recognizing the importance of employee engagement, middle managers, executives, and C-suite members are keen to implement strategies that can boost the engagement of their remote workforce. In an uncertain economy, having a fully engaged team that’s committed and highly productive is a strategic advantage.

The journey towards enhancing remote employee engagement begins by promoting a culture of trust and autonomy. Remote employees need to feel trusted in carrying out their tasks and making decisions independently. Nurturing an environment where this is true encourages responsibility, and improves job satisfaction, boosting employee engagement.

Key Areas of Impact and Consideration


Effective communication is another element vital to remote employee engagement. It’s crucial for organizations to listen to concerns and feedback, and to conduct regular check-ins with employees. Through transparent communication, employees feel included and valued, boosting their level of engagement. Regular engagement via company meetings, team meetups, and one-on-one conversations fosters sense of belonging and further drives employee engagement.

Communication through a single channel no longer has the impact it once did. In the same way that leaders have developed strategies to connect with prospects and customers across multiple channels, so too must leaders do the same for their internal customers in their employees.


In remote work, choosing technology to ensure smooth and efficient work processes is essential. Technology plays a crucial role in promoting productivity and facilitating collaboration. Providing teams with user-friendly tools that make their tasks easier, validates their efforts and enhances engagement levels.

From a change management perspective, special consideration must be given to the introduction of new technology. It isn't enough to "unbox" it and make it available to employees. Communication to inform employees of upcoming changes, opportunities to share feedback, trainings to build familiarity and application confidence, and the resistance that might be found in response must all be considered.

Professional Development

As the future of work continues to evolve, it’s important to provide employees with opportunities for ongoing learning and development. Upskilling and reskilling employees are important aspects of improving employee engagement. These opportunities reassure employees of your investment in their growth, boosting morale and engagement.

Reward and Recognition

A well-organized recognition and rewards program can also motivate remote employees. Acknowledging and appreciating their contributions offers a sense of achievement that provides additional doses of motivation. Organizations can implement digital rewards and recognition systems to celebrate team members’ accomplishments regularly regardless of their working location.

Feedback and Performance Management

Feedback and performance management systems should also be part of remote work culture consideration. Regular feedback, not only during annual reviews, helps employees gauge their performance and assess areas for improvement. These conversations play a significant role in improving employee engagement.

Employee Health and Wellness

In the quest for improving employee engagement, prioritizing employee health and wellness is vital. Given my fitness industry background, you can imagine how this resonates with me. Initiating programs that focus on employees’ physical and mental well-being is crucial. Through these initiatives, leaders demonstrate the company's value for employee welfare, contributing significantly towards improving overall employee engagement.

Professional Support in Employee Engagement

Considering the complexities, the assistance of external consultants specializing in remote employee engagement is invaluable. These consultants bring fresh perspective, share insights on best practices, provide skills training, strategic recommendations, and can assist in implementation.

These measures require investments of time, resources, or funds. However, the return—improved productivity, enhanced employee morale and reduced attrition—is worth the investment.

Establishing an effective remote employee engagement strategy demands thoughtful planning, assessment, and monitoring. Although obstacles during implementation are anticipated, negative impacts can be minimized through comprehensive strategy and contingency planning.

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Uncertain Economic Conditions

Given uncertain economic conditions, it's crucial to avoid costly reworks or misjudgments. An effective remote employee engagement strategy isn’t a luxury—it's a necessity for ensuring remote employees contribute effectively to the organization's objectives.

The Value of Flexibility

A robust remote employee engagement strategy should be flexible and open to changes. As the future of work continues to morph, organizations must stay agile, adapt, and continually improve employee engagement strategies to meet changing dynamics.

Connection, Commitment, and Employee Content

The sole purpose of remote employee engagement isn’t just productivity, it's about crafting a workforce that's connected, committed, and content, leading to a thriving and sustainable business. Approaching this requires a change in traditional work philosophy. The tools and strategies aren't overly intricate but they are worth the investment.

Innovative Leadership

Organizations led by forward-thinking leaders, open to embracing and promoting these changes, are paving the way towards future success. By mastering the art of remote employee engagement, organizations can bolster their position in the ever-evolving future of work.

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David Bohmiller

David Bohmiller, MBA, MS (he/him/his)
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