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Ways to Keep Your Employees Connected to Your Business

By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

Remember the days of the “all-hands” meetings or even regular weekly face-to-face staff meetings? These meetings used to be the main way in which management communicated information to employee groups. However, the ability to bring employees together to meet face-to-face is getting harder and harder for many employers – given employees are often not even working in an office, work different shifts, or have to be interacting with clients/customers throughout the day (and night).

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This can present challenges for helping employees to stay connected with your company, efficiently sharing information with them, getting employee input and feedback, and ensuring everyone is up-to-date on new work processes. Nonetheless, there are a number of ways to overcome these challenges. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Hold meetings via one of the free online web-based meeting services (e.g., GoToMeeting). This is a great way to hold meetings with remote employees. Employees can join the meeting via their computer or phone and often these services allow the meeting to be recorded so those people who can’t attend can listen later.
  • Set-up a conference phone line, so that those employees who can’t be physically present for a meeting can attend and participate. This is a terrific way to conduct weekly status meetings. There are many paid and free conference phone services such as FreeConferenceCall.com
  • Have minutes taken of a meeting noting key information and action items. Distribute these minutes to employees (those who attended and who did not) and have them sign-off indicating they have read and understand them. Then put the signed minutes in their personnel file.
  • Send a monthly company newsletter to share “happenings”. Invite employees to contribute articles and information to include in the newsletter.
  • Share information such as company updates, new work procedures/approaches, and business strategies with employees via email, memos, and/or video/pod-cast.

Helping employees stay connected with your business and up-to-date on key information as well as providing them with venues in which to participate in meetings is critical to the success of your business. Be sure to take some time to think about the communication approaches that will work best for your company and employees.

Want to learn more about how you can be there for your employees and keep them connected? Email us  or give us a call at 571-587-5615. We work with our clients every day to ensure they successful employee engagement.

PeopleTactics works with small business owners to prevent and solve Human Resources problems that can drain them of their time, money and energy.

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As Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics, Jennifer Brown is devoted to helping small business owners implement solutions to prevent Human Resources (HR) problems that can drain them of their time, money, and energy. Small business owners work with Jennifer to help them build stronger employee relationships, understand and comply with employment laws, establish policies, and set up easy-to-use HR systems to consistently avoid problems. Jennifer’s clients receive proven, cost-effective, and specific instruction on setting up their HR practices to prevent problems, allowing them to focus on growing their business. Jennifer holds and undergraduate degree in Business Management and an MBA, both with concentrations in HR and Organizational Development from The University of Maryland. Additionally, she maintains the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Career highlights include various Senior Human Resources roles at Freddie Mac as well as Senior and Staff Consultant positions at Anderson Consulting (Accenture). She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith Business School, and has developed and taught Human Resources, Employment Law, and Organizational Development courses.

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