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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. From the way we celebrate new milestones to the way we work. It would seem that we are now operating in our own ‘virtual reality’.

In the world of work, remote working was once a way to encourage flexible working. Now, without any ease or transition period, our homes are now our new offices. Here in Barbados, the increased measures of social distancing and the surges in the Covid-19 cases, remote working is the go-to for many organisations, who are playing their part in flattening the curve.

So, how do we as HR professionals, managers and overall business owners ensure that our employees or team members keep our businesses running smoothly? We get creative.

We think big, think strategy and we think about the ultimate employee experience. But why?

In an article by Shakun Khanna, the author stresses about changing the way we as professionals think about employee engagement. The author highlights the need for new ways of measuring and enhancing the “total employee experience” since the world is ultimately changing before our eyes.

What is Employee Engagement?

Employee engagement is a term relating to the employee’s commitment, their support and connection to the organisation and its mission. Many sources have indicated that employee engagement is one of the critical factors that drives a company to success, especially in today’s competitive market.

The notion is that for engaged employees, it’s more than just a job or a paycheck. It’s a career. The eagerness to take on responsibilities, the passion is found within employees who are supported and feel a sense of belonging to the company. Therefore, the communication between management, superiors, business owners as well as employees is very essential. This communication helps to foster the productivity and a better bottom line for the company.

So, how are we as professionals to ensure that in the virtual office, our employees are engaged?

Here are four ways that we keep our employees engaged while remote working.