Companies in the U.S. are offering more remote work options to employees. One-third of the workers in the U.S. work remotely. The benefits are undeniable to the employee: independence, no commute, more time with family and friends. However, a new study shows that remote workers are more likely to quit because they are lonely and feel disconnected from the company.

Here are some ways that companies can keep their remote workers engaged and give them a sense of connection and belonging that they miss.

1. Let a remote worker lead a meeting.
2. Fly in a remote worker once or twice a year for an offsite or company social event.
3. Use video conferencing so remote workers can put faces to voices.
4. Form friendships with remote workers – reach out to say “Hi” and ask about their weekend. A simple “water cooler chat” goes a long way in forming bonds with co-workers even if it is over Skype.
Remembering that your remote worker is a human being who, like all of us, just want to belong will go a long way in retaining your remote workforce.

By Megan Cashion | People Science Talent Advisor II