How HR Executives Can Make Remote Workers Feel Valued and Cared For


The charm of remote work has diminished somewhat with many organizations forcing their workforce back to the office, at least in a hybrid setup. However, the era of remote work is far from over. For many businesses, embracing remote employment remains the most effective strategy to attract unique and cost-efficient talent. Amidst this transition, the well-being of remote workers emerges as a pivotal concern for HR executives. Understanding life from a remote worker’s perspective is crucial in crafting effective support strategies. Melanie Pinola’s article, “The 7 biggest remote work challenges (and how to overcome them)” on the Zapier Blog offers some practical solutions for remote workers to navigate the challenges of remote employment.

Drawing inspiration from Pinola’s insights, here are specific actions HR executives can take, along with knowledge-sharing strategies to ensure remote workers feel valued and effectively integrated into their teams.

Direct Actions by HR Executives:

  1. Help Establish Personalized Office Hours: Remote work often blurs the lines between professional and personal life, leading to overwork. HR executives can play a crucial role in helping employees set and adhere to regular office hours, in consultation with their managers, to prevent burnout. Encouraging employees to disconnect after hours is vital for maintaining work-life balance.
  2. Facilitate In-Person Time: Despite the remote work setup, in-person interactions hold significant value. HR departments can organize quarterly all-hands events as well as encourage the use of local offices (or co-working spaces) to foster a sense of belonging and team cohesion among remote employees.
  3. Over-Communicate: To combat the isolation remote workers may feel, HR should advocate for over-communication. Ensuring remote employees are frequently updated on company developments and actively involved in team discussions helps them feel connected and valued.

Enabling Best Practices by HR Executives:

  1. Prioritize Tasks: Procrastination, especially on challenging tasks, is a common pitfall for many. HR can guide employees on effective task prioritization strategies, such as tackling the most daunting tasks first (“Eating the Crow”), to enhance productivity and time management.
  2. Manage Interruptions: Remote work comes with its set of interruptions, from familial responsibilities to unexpected disturbances. HR should promote a culture where such interruptions are normalized, encouraging employees to utilize mute functions or turn off cameras as needed without guilt.
  3. Encourage Physical Well-being: Physical health is crucial for sustained productivity and overall well-being. HR can lead initiatives promoting healthy habits among remote workers, such as adhering to regular mealtimes, taking frequent breaks, and adopting ergonomic practices to improve posture.

HR executives have a unique opportunity to reshape the remote work experience into one that prioritizes the well-being and inclusivity of remote employees. By implementing direct interventions and fostering a culture of best practices, HR can ensure remote workers feel truly valued and integral to the team, irrespective of their physical location. This holistic approach not only enhances employee satisfaction and retention but also positions the company as a forward-thinking and empathetic employer.

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