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TestHow to Establish a Culture of Connection Within a Remote Company

How to Establish a Culture of Connection Within a Remote Company

In the dynamic landscape of modern work, the concept of remote work has become a game-changer, shifting the perception of working from a physical office. Thanks to advancements in technology and a growing emphasis on work-life balance, the remote workers of today are finding themselves more engaged than their counterparts still stuck in cubicles.

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Prioritizing Employee Happiness

  • Happy employees are more productive, generate more sales, and complete tasks with greater accuracy.

Remote Work Drives Satisfaction and Productivity

  • Remote work benefits both the individual and the organization through flexibility, work-life balance, access to a global talent pool, empowerment through technology, and results-oriented performance metrics.

rater8 Leads by Example

  • An exclusively remote company since day one, learn about rater8’s success as a certified Great Place to Work™.

Embrace the Workplace Evolution

  • Remote work is an investment in cultivating a workforce that is motivated, committed, and ready to face the challenges of the future.

Prioritizing Employee Happiness

Happiness at work isn’t a nice-to-have with no relationship to organizational performance. On the contrary, business psychologist Dr. Camille Preston argues that promoting employee happiness benefits everyone, with happy employees working more productively and generating more sales.

She’s hardly alone. “Happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%,” writes Shawn Achor, author of the book The Happiness Advantage. “The single greatest advantage in the modern economy is a happy and engaged workforce.”

Happy remote employee working on a laptop

Remote Work Drives Satisfaction and Productivity

A recent study reported in Forbes found that “workers who worked from home 100% of the time were 20% happier on average than those who didn’t have the ability to work from home.” That study also found “a strong correlation between work happiness and overall happiness.” Another study found that “people who have the opportunity to work remotely at least monthly are 24% more likely to feel happy and productive in their roles.”

Let’s explore the factors contributing to the increased engagement of remote employees and delve into the positive impacts it has on both individuals and organizations.

1. Flexibility as a Catalyst for Engagement

One of the key drivers behind the increased engagement of remote employees is the flexibility that comes with remote work. Traditional office environments often adhere to rigid schedules and structures, limiting employees’ ability to balance personal and professional commitments. Remote work liberates individuals from the constraints of a fixed location, allowing them to tailor their work hours to their most productive times.

2. An Emphasis on Work-Life Balance

Remote work promotes a seamless blend of work and personal life, breaking down the barriers that separate these spheres. Employees find themselves better able to juggle familial responsibilities, personal pursuits, and work commitments. This holistic approach to life enhances overall well-being, reducing stress and burnout commonly associated with the demands of commuting and rigid office hours. As employees experience a more balanced lifestyle, their engagement levels naturally rise, leading to increased job satisfaction, commitment, and retention.

3. Access to a Global Talent Pool

Remote work transcends geographical boundaries, enabling organizations to tap into a diverse and global talent pool. The ability to assemble a team with diverse skills, perspectives, and backgrounds contributes to an agile and innovative work environment. Engaged employees thrive in environments that value diversity and inclusion, making remote work a catalyst for fostering a culture of engagement.

4. Empowerment Through Technology

Advancements in technology have played a pivotal role in the success of remote work, providing employees with tools and platforms that facilitate seamless communication and collaboration. Remote teams use video conferencing, project management software, and other collaborative tools to stay connected and engaged. The ease of communication empowers employees to contribute meaningfully to projects, fostering a sense of ownership and accomplishment.

5. Results-Oriented Performance Metrics

Remote work often emphasizes results over processes, shifting the focus from hours worked to outcomes achieved. This results-oriented approach encourages employees to set clear goals and deliver measurable results. Knowing that their contributions are evaluated based on tangible achievements rather than mere presence in the office motivates employees to excel.

6. Enhanced Work Environment

Remote work allows employees to create personalized workspaces that suit their preferences and optimize productivity. This level of autonomy in designing one’s work environment is a significant contributor to increased engagement. Individuals can eliminate distractions, tailor lighting and ambiance, and create a space conducive to focus and creativity.

rater8 Leads by Example

rater8 was established as a remote company and serves as proof that remote employees can be engaged and productive. rater8ers are given the freedom to work anywhere they have Wi-Fi and can prioritize their work and personal commitments as needed, with the main focus on achieving results and delivering top-notch service to our clients.

As an exclusively remote company and a certified Great Place to Work™, we strive to ensure that our employees feel valued and like they’re part of a community. We pride ourselves on keeping people engaged through virtual happy hours, annual in-person events, ongoing development opportunities through platforms like Udemy Business, and reimbursing the cost of local meet-ups for employees who live in close proximity.

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Embrace the Workplace Evolution

As the traditional boundaries of work continue to evolve, remote employment stands out as a powerful avenue for increased employee engagement. The flexibility, work-life balance, access to a global talent pool, empowerment through technology, and results-oriented performance metrics collectively create an environment where employees are not just contributors, but active participants in the success of the organization. 

Embracing remote work is not just a response to changing times; it is an investment in cultivating a workforce that is motivated, committed, and ready to face the challenges of the future.

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