by Matt Alderton | November 13, 2017
A growing number of workers are working from home instead of an office. Those folks aren't just leaving commutes and cubicles behind, however. They're also leaving camaraderie, according to Entrepreneur writer Rose Leadem.

"When you're not coming into the office every day, it can be tough not to feel left out," says Leadem, who cites a recent Harvard Business Review survey of more than 1,100 employees, 52 percent of who said they work from home sometimes. "The survey found that many … remote workers admitted to feeling like their colleagues didn't treat them equally. They even went so far to say that not only did they feel left out but they also worried other employees were gossiping about them and working against them."

The rift between employees who work onsite and those who work offsite can be not only challenging for companies, but also damaging. As a manager, therefore, it's in your best interest to heal it by making remote workers feel more connected to the company.

An easy way to do so is to check in with them on a regular basis, according to Leadem. "Frequently checking in with remote workers is a simple way to make sure they feel like an important part of the company," she says. "According to HBR's survey, 46 percent of respondents said the most successful managers were the ones who checked in regularly with remote workers."

It's not enough to check in by email, either. Instead, you should check in via phone or Skype.

"Good communication is one of the most important components to working remotely. And while it might be easy to depend on email, it's a better idea to use video conferencing or phone calls instead," Leadem says. "The study found that a quarter of respondents said managers who insist on face time with employees are more successful."

More Tips:

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

Contact Successful Meetings Editor in Chief Vincent Alonzo with your "How To" ideas.