How To Retain Your Remote Team

How To Retain Your Remote Team

The past three years have been a crash course on how to lead/ manage people, teams, and organizations completely remote. Since then, several companies have adopted hybrid or 100% remote environments, which is only likely to increase in the future.

Retaining Remote Team Members

Those organizations who are embracing remote or hybrid employment are seeing tangible value in their recruiting efforts, like gaining access to larger talent pools that would otherwise be inaccessible due to geographical limitations.    

However, creating a remote workforce does come with its’ challenges. Just like in-house or hybrid employees, companies need to ensure that their remote employees are engaged and motivated by providing them with the right tools and resources. 

Remote Retention Strategies 

Employee retention is an essential part of any successful business, and it is even more important when it comes to retaining remote employees. 

  1. Extending Company Culture Past the Physical Office
    Integrating remote teams into the company culture and creating a sense of belonging is critical.  Employers should focus on creating a collaborative environment where remote teams can work together and feel connected.  Companies need to provide adequate training, and resources, and help their remote teams create a workspace that would mimic what their in-house peers receive. Additionally, employers should provide their remote people with the same level of recognition as their in-house team members.

  2. Knowing the Difference Between Managing Onsite and Remote Teams
    There are differences in managing remote vs. in-house employees, and it requires a unique set of skills from managers to do so. To effectively lead remote employees, managers must lead each person individually, be intentional in their daily interactions, give recognition when deserved, integrate them across different teams, value them for their contributions, and provide training for their specific roles.
  3. Creating Meaningful Work
    Managing remote teams is challenging, but it is possible to ensure that remote employees are productive and engaged. To do this, managers must create meaningful work for their remote team members, build meaningful relationships with them, and foster team synergies through collaboration. 

Retention Needs Intention 

To successfully implement and execute these strategies, managers need to be intentional with their leadership approach. Managers must be supportive and understanding of the unique needs of each team member. Remote employees should always be treated the same as they would any other employee and ensure that they are given equal opportunities and resources.  

By following these principles, you will be successful in managing remote teams and you will create a positive work environment for everyone involved.