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9 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

Make remote work productive and engaging for employees with these empathetic but practical actions

Source | | Mary Baker

In a recent Gartner poll, 90% of HR leaders said employees would be allowed to work remotely even once COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. Most organizations have had months to work on remote-work experience to keep employees productive and engaged, but many still viewed remote set-ups as temporary.

Be on the lookout for signs of distress in your employees

When organizations first experienced large-scale remote work, few had much experience. 

“At most organizations, scenario planning focuses on the necessary operational responses to ensure business continuity. Few of these plans address the ability or bandwidth of employees to focus on their work,” Brian Kropp, Distinguished Vice President, Research, Gartner, said at the time.

The shift required HR to offer managers specific guidance on how to ensure employees get the requisite support to tackle the emotional roller coaster of this crisis — and are productive and engaged. That guidance hasn’t changed. In fact, it has become even more crucial now that the crisis has endured for so long.

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