Remote Working and Employee Engagement

This week’s blog comes from Intellek HQ as we think about all the ways we are maintaining engagement while we continue for who knows how long to be a fully remote workforce.

Employee engagement is simply the evaluation of enthusiasm and dedication an employee feels toward their job and the relationship between an organization and its employees.

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 51% of the American workforce were not engaged, while 33% were actually classified as engaged. Those numbers were pretty astonishing to us. Since more than half of the workforce were not engaged pre-pandemic…that leaves us wondering what those numbers will look like now when most people are working from their homes or doing a hybrid combination. Gallup also reported that disengaged employees cost the US between $483 and $605 billion each year in productivity loss.

Here at Intellek , we have multiple ways that we instill within our organization to stay connected. We assign “buddies” to new team members, attend optional bi-weekly cyber chats, have monthly meetings and we are able to give employee feedback, anonymously, via Engagement Multiplier. Since quarter-four 2021 and for this year and beyond, our fantastic HR team is organizing virtual team-building events. Our favourite so far has to be the Escape Room! We’re excited to see what else they have in store for us!

Our company culture reinforces open dialogue, and we use Motivosity to allow employees to recognize one another. A recent Survey Monkey/Bonusly survey cited that recognition gives employees confidence, which fuels their motivation. Data shows that recognition and appreciation (promotions, cash bonuses, acknowledgment in meetings, etc.) improves engagement. 82% consider recognition an important part of their happiness at work.

In addition, LinkedIn research reported after 3 years, someone who was promoted has a 70% chance of retention, while someone who moved laterally has a 62% chance. Those with the same position after 3 years have a 45% chance of still being there.

It’s also important to keep remote workers engaged and updated on projects, goals, team progress, client and company news.

One of the best things about remote work is the flexibility it offers employees. Giving team members autonomy around when, where, and how they work can lead to greater employee satisfaction. Working remotely can keep employees focused and productive, less stressed, and happier.

We would love to hear about other ways organizations are keeping their employees engaged so feel free to reach out to us at if you would like to share with us, or if you would like to learn more about our onboarding solutions.