How to Connect and Engage Dispersed Employees

May 4, 2021 Sarah Bloznalis

2-minute read

man working in factoryThis past year has changed the way we work forever, and workforces are more dispersed than they ever have been before. Whether your organization has more remote workers, offline or non-desk employees, or a workforce dispersed across the globe, it will now be even more of a challenge to maintain and increase employee connection and engagement.  

According to Staffbase, “85% of non-desk employees say the communication they receive on-the-job is not enough.” As more companies contemplate extending work-from-home policies, they must prepare to connect and engage their employees in different, yet still meaningful ways. 

Discover how appreciation, communication, and empathy can create a culture of human connection – wherever your employees are located. 

Encourage authentic moments of appreciation 

Text, timelineDescription automatically generatedIt’s human nature to want to feel appreciated, but with a dispersed workforce, it is often much more difficult to provide that authentic connection. That makes it even more important for organizations to broadcast success throughout the organization. 

Human connection is the heartbeat of business, and  without it, organizational efficiency is likely to suffer. To counter feelings of disconnect for dispersed workers, Workhuman® customers around the world have invested heavily in the power of employee recognition. 

Workhuman’s 2020 recognition data shows that across organizations, industries, and geographies, recognizing an employee for a job well done increases feelings of inclusion – even when not in an office setting. Whether working remotely from home, or in a manufacturing warehouse or a grocery store, having a recognition program based on social networking and accessibility can positively and effectively bring employees together while also reducing turnover.  

For example, at Eaton, a global electric manufacturing company, about 50% of its workforce is offline without access to a computer – making mobile recognition critical. Rather than leave these employees out of the recognition equation, Workhuman facilitated mobile kiosks, or “minute clinics,” to help offline employees embrace technology and encourage program interaction. 

About the Author

Sarah Bloznalis

Sarah Bloznalis is a content marketing coordinator at Workhuman from Dorchester, Mass. When she's not writing about the future of work you can find her in the library, at the beach, or exploring the city.

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