One of the common barriers we see to successful integration of remote staff into your business, is not making them feel as though they are truly a part of the team. Whether your team members are working in an office together, or on the other side of the world, they are all people and people thrive when they feel part of a community and a valued part of a team.
Here are 3 ways you can ensure your remote staff are connected to your local team members:
Include them in your team meetings.
If you have a weekly, monthly (or even daily) team meeting, switch to using google hangouts, skype or zoom and include your remote staff. Ask them questions and include them in the usual meeting agenda, this will ensure your remote staff have a space to contribute, and will provide everyone with some time to get to know each other better.
Mix your teams up to include both local and remote staff
Where possible include a combination of both remote and local staff in your existing teams, this will ensure they work together regularly on projects and day-to-day work and over time will understand how integral each of them are to the overall success of the organisation.
Use a tool like Slack to foster communication
Replacing email for internal communications with a chat tool like Slack has two benefits. Firstly, you'll unclog your team's email inboxes, saving them for more important communications like client queries and sales follow-ups. Secondly, you'll reduce the barrier for people to reach out to each other, as email can seem more formal and intimidating for new team members.