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Nervous About Meeting Employees in Person for the First Time? Try These 5 Tips

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In the midst of the health crisis, it’s very likely you had to hire (and fire) people remotely. More and more employees want to work remotely now, and many companies are happy to oblige.

According to a just-released survey of more than 800 knowledge workers by freelance marketplace Braintrust, nearly two-thirds of workers said "freedom of location" is what they now want the most out of their jobs. Eighty-five percent said they would even seriously consider becoming a freelancer to have the freedom to work remotely.

Now, with vaccinations increasing and life slowly transitioning back to normal, many companies are returning to the office. Some are creating hybrid work environments where people spend only a few days per week in the office.

Related: How to Keep Work and Home Life Separate as You Work Remotely

Whatever you choose for your company, it’s very likely you’ll be having face-to-face interactions with employees soon if you’re not doing so already. If you haven’t met your remote hires at all yet, and you have the opportunity to do so, you should probably make it happen as soon as possible. Assuming people are comfortable being indoors with others, it is important to establish in-person rapport.

Knowing you in a context other than just another Zoom call will improve loyalty. It can even help employees want........

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