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How to Make Remote Workers Feel Included During the Holidays: Nicole Cox to SHRM

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Decision Toolbox Chief Recruitment Officer Nicole Cox offered some advice to SHRM on a unique challenge during the holidays for managing remote workers…how can you be inclusive with festivities for employees who aren’t physically with you?

Excerpts from the article:

Remote employment can be a boon to employer and worker: The worker is freed from the cost and hassle of commuting, while the company saves on providing workspace for the employee. But during the team-building holiday season, how can HR managers make sure “remote” is just about physical distance and not the relationship between employer and employee?

With telecommuting on the rise, ensuring that there is no disconnect is going to become a more common task for HR managers. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 37 percent of employees worked remotely at least some of the time. A Global Workplace Analytics study earlier this year showed that half of all jobs are compatible with telecommuting and that 80 percent to 90 percent of workers say they would like to work remotely at least some of the time.

Like employees at the workplace, remote workers should be made to feel included, recognized and part of the team during the holidays, experts say. It just takes a bit more creativity and technology to make that happen.

At the all-virtual recruitment firm Decision Toolbox, workers are sent slippers with the company logo. “You have to embrace virtuality and the fact that sometimes you work in slippers,” said chief recruitment officer Nicole Cox.

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