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An unprecedented number of businesses now employ a remote workforce. In fact, according to a 2018 study, 63 percent of companies have remote workers. Unfortunately, of these companies, approximately 70 percent do not have a remote worker policy. Without a policy in place, many businesses are faced with communication challenges. In fact, for any sized business who relies on remote workers, it is now more critical than ever that the most effective communication channels are leveraged to increase efficiencies, improve operating capacities, and inevitably enhance the bottom line.
Understanding The Increasing Number Of Individuals Working Remotely
Communicating clearly is often the lynchpin to business success. However, for many businesses, communicating with remote workers can be a challenge. In fact, according to a recent study, companies often overlook the humble phone call in favor of verbose written communications. Of the 41 million Americans who work independently, an estimated 29 percent want to be communicated with via the phone. Another 13 percent prefer text messages as the first line of communication, while 7 percent want to have video conferences when speaking with on-site employers and team members. These statistics showcase the importance of establishing clear communications channels that can be used to effectively build businesses, increase productivity levels, and offer valuable insights to both on-site teams and remote workers.
How To Effectively Communicate With Remote Workers
While many employers feel that it is harder to communicate effectively with remote workers, the truth of the matter is that with the right approach the latter challenge can easily be overcome. The following four tips can help you to concisely and clearly communicate with your team of remote workers.
The Bottom Line: Adopt The Communication Style That’s Optimal For Your Remote Workforce
No matter the industry, the success of every business hinges on clear, effective, and open communications with both their internal and remote teams. The more time that you can spend getting to know the work habits and communication preferences of your remote employees, the easier it will be for you to not only communicate effectively, but to also increase productivity levels, establish an environment of streamlined collaborations, and achieve vital business goals.
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