10 tips for unifying your remote workplace

Technology has made telecommuting increasingly common for businesses large and small. Human interaction and collaboration needn’t suffer, though. Try these approaches.

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How do you reach your telecommuters?

The remote working environment has become increasingly common at many startups and small businesses, and even at larger established companies, as the benefits become greater and the talent pool becomes larger.

With the number of remote workers steadily growing, so, too, are the challenges of making your team feel cohesive and connected despite the distance.

As someone who oversees other remote workers, I’ve found that there are times when the team starts to feel out of touch with what’s going on at the company, its goals and its results. To ensure that every remote worker feels a part of our team, I’ve learned the importance of using these tactics:

1. Always keep communication lines open. When you work in an office, you see your co-workers every day. However, virtual team members can’t just bump into each other regularly. That’s why it’s vital to use platforms enabling the team to chat together. We leave chat lines open through Skype and use video conferencing through Google Hangouts. Even if it’s just for a few minutes or involves a catch-up on life, remote workers know they always have someone to look to when they yearn for that social connection.

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