Employee engagement is essential to all organizations. It has become an imperative in the remote, work from home arrangements necessitated by the pandemic. We provide some tips to increase employee engagement under the circumstances:
Mankind’s path to immunity against the COVID-19 pandemic is still fraught with more questions than answers. Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker estimates a period of 7.4 years to pass before everyone becomes immune to the virus. This could happen either through herd immunity or with vaccinations, but we are still not sure if the vaccines are effective against the mutant versions of the virus. This means that employees cannot afford to return to work just yet. They may have comorbidities which make them susceptible to a fatal attack from the virus or have family members who do so. In either case, many companies want to continue remote, work from home arrangements for now. Work from home will continue to be the best available option for some time to come. Probably, until everyone gets vaccinated or an effective treatment regime against the virus is found. A survey of 800 global organizations by Gartner found that 88% of them encouraged or required their employees to work from home, irrespective of their health status.
Against this scenario, the importance of employee engagement has increased manifold for employers. Many of them are seeking for ways to prioritize it and put the necessary processes in place. Not all employees are thrilled with the work from home arrangement, as some of them find that work takes over all their time while some others feel deprived of social interaction. Employee engagement is definitely a huge necessity under the circumstances. Which is why, we have compiled some tips for increasing employee engagement here:
In conclusion, we see that many organizations are seriously considering a switch to work from home on a part or full-time basis, even should the threat from the pandemic end. There are undeniable benefits in adopting remote, work from home arrangements like lower infrastructure costs, less commuting time, less absenteeism and flexible recruitment options. There are serious risks too. Organizations must make employee engagement a priority if they are to ensure success with work from home.
You can also read our blog posts on how to sustain employee engagement and manage and measure productivity of a remote work force