While millions of people worldwide work from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, organizations face unprecedented pressure to keep their employees engaged as they face stress and anxiety, given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
Being physically away from the workplace lowers employees’ interest and hampers motivation levels. A study by Bain & Company has found, “Engaged employees are 44% more productive than workers who merely feel satisfied.” Hence, to ensure the workforce stays healthy and engaged, leaders need to demonstrate empathy and provide clear and consistent communication and support.
Employers must find ways to leverage technology to connect employees even when they are working from diverse locations. Companies can organize virtual townhalls, virtual water coolers, and well-being programs to keep people socially connected as they work remotely.
Working from the four walls of home takes a massive toll on the overall well-being of employees. Lack of workplace activities and difficulties in effectively collaborating with team members lead to feelings of stress and loneliness.
Organizations must follow these 4Cs to keep their employees happy and engaged amidst these challenging times –
Besides the 4Cs, there are a few other considerations that organizations must focus on to improve engagement in the remote setup –
Given that the workforce shall function remotely, at least for some time in the near future, employers must ensure scalable digital workplace tools are in place for seamless collaboration and communication.
A modern Intranet like Mesh 3.0 acts as a unified digital platform that provides employees access to core communication and collaboration tools under a single roof. It centralizes company-wide information and gives remote workers a sense of belonging.
Modern Intranets use advanced features to improve communication, collaboration, information accessibility, and sharing, and thereby help in boosting employee engagement and morale-
Thus, a modern intranet can streamline daily operations and promote remote employee engagement during COVID-19 and beyond.
As the world continues to stay indoors to curb any further spread of the novel coronavirus, employers need to continually innovate and develop new ways to inspire and engage remote workers. An engaged workforce is an asset to any organization – as they are in sync with the organization’s vision and goals, and have the right attitude and motivation to outperform themselves while carrying out their duties.
From organizing video conferences, webinars, virtual lunches, and town halls to introducing well-being programs, leaders are now leveraging digital workplace tools to engage remote employees effectively.
Moreover, employees must have hassle-free access to all information and tools required to perform their jobs. As discussed, a modern intranet provides a unified digital interface for tools that build productivity and ensure effective collaboration, communication, and positive employee engagement at every stage.
And while you explore the exciting world of modern intranets, you may consider having a look at Mesh 3.0. Mesh is Acuvate’s Employee Experience Platform that brings together the best of the Microsoft AI technologies (Office Graph, Azure, LUIS) to deliver the right content at the right time to the right people.
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