Remote Employee Engagement

Overcoming Challenges of Remote Employee Engagement

Employee engagement refers to the intensity of the emotional commitment between the employee and organization. It is often measured through productivity, creativity, longevity and tenure. Remote employee engagement is incredibly similar, referring to employee engagement in organizations with a virtual, remote work environment. Many HR professionals wonder how to engage employees in an environment with little interaction, barriers to communication and distance between people.

Why Is Remote Employee Engagement Important?

Employee engagement has an impact on multiple areas in an organization. It impacts:

The Challenges of Remote Employee Engagement

There are many challenges for employers striving to keep remote employees engaged. 

Tips for Engaging Your Remote Employees:

Some remote employers struggle to find ways to further engage their workforce. Here are 5 tips for increasing engagement with your remote employees.

Tip 1: Connect: Personal connections are critical to team and organizational success. Leaders can connect with remote employees by scheduling time to get to know them through one-on-one meetings, playing games together, asking questions, having casual hang outs, or hosting team building activities.

Tip 2: Empathize: Many leaders are naturally problem-solvers. They jump straight to developing solutions when employees become disengaged at work. It is important to recognize and remember that employee engagement is centered on emotions. In a remote environment, leaders can ask employees individually how they feel at work or about what fulfills them in their job and then find ways to encourage that fulfillment.

Tip 3: Inform and Communicate: When employers fail to inform employees of organizational changes, engagement can suffer. There are many ways to communicate with employees, including video meetings, audio calls and chat platforms. It is critical to pay attention to our virtual communication verbal and nonverbal. Remote nonverbal communication may include eye contact, tone of voice, facial expressions, hand gestures and posture.

Tip 4: Provide: Many remote employees become disengaged because they lack clear expectations and/or tools for success. When remote employers provide clear expectations for employees, they reduce unnecessary communication that could get lost in translation.

Tip 5: Recognize: Recognition is a powerful tool to empower and engage remote employees. Celebrating employee “wins” can increase engagement. When employees are celebrated for their successes, whether great or small, they are often more inclined to remain with the organization and work harder to earn those celebrations.

Remote Employee Engagement Ideas

Now that we understand the foundational principles, practices and mindsets critical to increase remote employee engagement, let’s dive into specific ideas. This section includes ideas for understanding why employees become disengaged, making work more engaging and increasing remote employees’ internal desire to remain engaged.

Understand Remote Employee Engagement

As previously mentioned, one of the greatest challenges to keeping remote employees engaged is discovering why employees become disengaged in the first place. This can be accomplished through a number of ways.

Make the Work More Engaging

To increase remote employee engagement, employers can strive to make the work more engaging through a number of methods.

Increase Employees’ Internal Engagement

Increasing remote employees’ internal engagement is one of the hardest things to do in this regard. Here are a few ways to increase internal engagement.

This blog post is a synopsis of an HR article by Evolue Consultant, Rae Randall. The full article can be found here: