1. COMMUNICATION – Your remote employees might need more contact than non-remote employees so they feel a sense of inclusion. Set up and encourage the use of instant messaging, texting and other online collaboration tools. Establish regular team meetings using these tools. You may be surprised about the effectiveness of video conferencing tools.
2. INVOLVEMENT – Spend a few minutes before each meeting catching up with your remote employees, just as you would with physically present employees. Keep remote employees in the loop about upcoming office events, even those they cannot attend.
3. APPRECIATION – Be generous with your praise. It costs you nothing to send out a team-wide announcement acknowledging accomplishments.
4. FACE TIME – Make sure to schedule regular, in-person meetings. They could be quarterly or twice a year meetings at your headquarters, conferences, or employee retreats. This will build trust and camaraderie amongst all your employees.