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How to Properly Communicate With Remote Employees

Does your business employ remote workers? Sometimes, communication can be a challenge. You want to be able to easily and effectively communicate with your remote employees without being over-the-top or micromanaging. How do you strike that perfect balance?

Here are a few recommendations to make things run smoothly:  

Maintain open communication in both directions.

Both parties — your business and the remote employee or employees — should know that the lines of communication are open and available during work hours. This means that either one can contact the other if needed, should they have a question or just need to check-in. The frequency of communication can vary depending on your needs, but make sure that everyone involved knows just how often and for how long communications will occur.  

Don’t interrupt their workflow.

If you have some idea of your remote employee’s workflow, pay attention to it when you’re contacting them. You don’t want to interrupt their workflow, or communications will start to seem like a bother rather than a necessity. It’s better to schedule meetings or check-ins for specific times so that everyone is on the same page. That way, you can communicate with your remote employee without interrupting them in the middle of a project.  

Use technology to your advantage.

Luckily for you, utilizing remote employees is easier now than ever thanks to modern technology. For one, you can communicate easily via video conferencing apps like Skype or Zoom, or simply speak on the phone. Additionally, you’ll find great success using digital workflow tools such as Trello or Asana, which allow you to work collaboratively online with your remote employees. Platforms like these make it incredibly simple to stay on the same page with remote employees without micromanaging their every move.  

Set clear goals.

Last but not least, be sure to set clear goals for every remote employee. If a remote worker isn’t clear on what they’re supposed to be working toward, they’re all the more likely to use their time ineffectively or inefficiently. Most companies work best when their employees — remote and on-site alike — have a few short-term goals that feed into a long-term objective.  

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