Business leaders are struggling to understand from a distance whether their workforce is highly engaged. In 2020, many companies moved to a remote work environment for the first time, which brought new roadblocks to staying connected and keeping managers in the loop on their employees’ state of mind.
How are your remote team members holding up in this new business world? Is their work still providing the same satisfaction as it did when they were in the office? Are they as efficient? To find out, you’ll need to know what questions to ask in your 1:1 meetings and in a remote work engagement survey.
Here are 5 questions to ask your remote employees in a 1:1 setting:
- How are you feeling?
- What do you think could improve our communication?
- What do you think is working well and what challenges are you facing while working remotely?
- How connected do you feel to your team?
- Do you feel you’ve been able to continue to learn? If not, is there something you want to develop?
And 10 questions you can ask employees in a survey format:
- Are the remote-working policies and procedures clear?
- Do you understand your role and responsibilities?
- Do you feel there is enough communication between you and your manager?
- Do you feel there is adequate communication amongst your team members?
- How satisfied are you with the frequency and quality of communication from leadership?
- Do you have the tools and equipment you need to do your work efficiently? If not, what do you need?
- Do you have a space suitable for working from home?
- Do you feel you have a good work-life balance?
- Do you think you are as productive as you can be working remotely?
- If you returned to the office, what would help you feel the safest at work?
Today, many companies are beginning to or have already shifted to a remote work environment. For those who want to check in on the engagement levels of employees, use these questions to facilitate more meaningful conversations, continue to build strong connections with your remote employees, and use the data to facilitate any new people strategies that can help maintain your company culture.