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One of any leader’s most important responsibilities is to engage his or her workforce. When your employees don’t work in the same building as you do, creating an engaged workforce can seem even more challenging. As more and more of our colleagues telework or work remotely, it’s even more important that we find ways to make them fully included partners in the work we do every day.

I’m happy to report that OPM has some ideas that can help, and we’re sponsoring an online webinar to share some of them.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 16, at 11:00 am EDT (please log in no later than 10:55 a.m.) for the fifth of eight, no-cost monthly Employee Engagement webinars. I’ll be hosting this month’s session entitled:  “Engaging a Remote Workforce.”

This Employee Engagement series is based on extensive research and is consistent with OPM’s Strategic Goal of providing leadership to help agencies create a fully engaged and energized workforce. If you are a Federal employee responsible for implementing employee engagement initiatives, or just interested in current employee engagement research, best practices, and impact measures, then this webinar is for you.

To register, please visit the OPM Webinar Series page.

In case you can’t make it, I’d like to share the top two things you can do to help engage your remote workforce:

Communication tools

  • If your agency allows telework, don’t hesitate to use the full suite of communication tools. Go beyond the phone and email to get and stay connected with your employees.
  • Not all IT tools are as useful to some of us as others. But it is important to analyze your team of teleworkers see if there is any technology that would help your team communicate more- or more effectively. If you see a tool that you think would benefit their communication in the telework environment, try creating a business case to get permission to use it.

Structure your communications

  • Establish regular meetings.
  • At team meetings, talk about more than just work. For example, on my team, we have the question of the week and each week a different team member picks it. We’ve had questions ranging from where would you take your next road trip, to book club book recommendations to if you had to get a tattoo what would it be. This helps the team to get to know each other better, even though they are not sitting in the same office. Anything we can do increase that personal connection helps make our remote workforce feel even more a part of the team and even more effective.

If you’re able to join us on the 16th, I’ll share strategies to make these happen and even more tips.

As always, please keep an eye on OPM’s Webinar Series page for opportunities to engage with our experts on a variety of topics to help in your work: OPM Webinar Series page.


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