In the light of the novel corona pandemic, even the in-house team operated from home. It was because it threatened not only the economy but also the health of the individuals. Due to such circumstances, employers had to make some tough calls. It was necessary to help the employee enhance productivity & engagement. 

Source- Flex Jobs

What do we mean by the term Employee Engagement?

Often an employee considers remote employee engagement to just restricted to the responsiveness of an employee towards official virtual meets, calls, and emails. But, it does not cover the entire concept of employee engagement.

Employee engagement can be defined as a two-way emotional relationship & commitment between an employer and his employee. Moreover, the employee and the employer’s relationship may differ and depend upon the various business environments. Now you may ask why it is crucial?

If your work depends more on the combined team efforts then maintaining and enhancing employee engagement is necessary.  And, if you are an owner of a start-up, working on employee engagement is more crucial than ever. It is because the success of an idea depends upon the unity of your team.

Why remote team engagement pivotal?

Employee engagement should be every organization’s agenda. But when it comes to a remote team, it becomes more significant than ever. It is because of the following points- 

  1. They feel as if they are part of your team: Working as a remote team developer has its shares of cons and pros. And, one of the biggest disadvantages is that they feel as if they are not a part of the team. 

    When you focus on the employee engagement activities it bonds them more with the rest of the team members. And, in such cases, it increases their overall productivity. 
  2. They work more: Often a remote team developer may not give 100% if he has no motivation. When you focus on employee engagement more, it increases profitability and reduces absenteeism. 

    A remote developer is an asset to the organization. Therefore, it is recommended to use them wisely. On the other hand, an emotionally distant employee may seek other opportunities as compared to the emotionally connected ones. 

    Aristotle once said, We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. 

An engaged remote employee is committed to its workplace, motivated to perform better, and enthusiastic. Such an employee is open to any work challenge or new reforms. 

So, let’s understand and know the for main hacks that help an employer in increasing its overall remote employee engagement

1. Cherish small moments

In this pandemic, the biggest communication facilitator was the social networking mediums such as skype or a zoom call. We made sure that every member is well connected and feels like a remote family instead of a team. For an instance let us give you an example. Based on true events.

There was a day when one of our employees was appreciated for his work by a client. We made sure that we cherished this small feat of happiness and acclamation on the group call. The small gesture not only made him happy but he found a boost in his performance as well. Indulging in something new as a team.

2. Learn something together

We started this team eLearning activities on weekends. And, made a rule that whosoever is skilled in one thing will part his wisdom to others. It not only made them learn something new in a particular subject but also more about their team members as well. It made them bond differently and positively. It instilled the feeling of working together as one, one big team. 

3. After work fun activities

We know that this has nothing to do with your office work. But, it plays a huge role in forming bonds and nurturing great talents. Have you ever wondered, why don’t an employee who has a great caliber does not participate in team discussions and brainstorming?

Do not say that you did not even notice. When you hire the talent you expect them to impart values rather than just get the work done. And, if an employee feels less confident or emotionally distant in team discussions, he cannot put forward the ideas. 

To help every employee in our team get in their comfort zone we organize a small virtual activity on the weekends. On the last working Friday, we organized a team Ludo. And the positive result was that, even after that activity got over, they completed their pending task before logging off. 

The virtual happy hours or just the game nights have made every remote developer a part of the team. And did we share how the batter doesn’t stop after work hours in our WhatsApp group? We feel proud and happy. 

4. Not just schedule calls, plan virtual coffee dates or lunch

One of the best things about the office was to meet your friends, share happiness, gossips, and even work-related anxieties. And most of the above things we used to do while having lunch or during tea time. But the pandemic happened and the distance was created. 

You can fix this by arranging virtual coffee dates or lunch calls. Discuss your day with your favorite colleague, let them know you are eating their favorite lunch. It will create an office feeling away from the office. 

On a parting note

The above activities may act as a catalyst in increasing the bonds of the co-workers. Remember a happy workplace have more probability to win a marketplace.

In the past two years, the percentage of employees working from home was 5% of the total number of employees. But, thanks to this pandemic, the percentage has witnessed an upsurge. And, with the rise in the graph of remote workers comes a responsibility. And it is to manage and put every member of the remote as well as an in-house team on the same page.

The aforementioned tips and pieces of advice have worked wonders for us. It may or maybe not an aid for you, but it can help you take a step forward in making your employees happy and engaged.

Do let us know if you found any of the above tips useful in the comments section. We will be happy to hear you out. After all, it’s better to face this business pandemic together like a big happy workforce.

Being the owner of a start-up based in India is not a piece of cake. The challenges often comprise the constant need to keep a pace with the latest technological changes and updates. And, this is about the time that I wanted to develop an app with React Native. In the same process, we learnt the following-

  1. React is easy to master because of the following-

 It is a JavaScript framework and used to write a real yet native mobile-based application. To be precise, it is a library which lets you create your own set of libraries. In simpler terms, even if you are a learner or a developed mind, there is no room for complications while using React Native.

The above figure shows the react as the preferred choice of JS

Source- Tecla

  • Routing- 

 Routing in the react-native is as we can say, has come a long way. In the web browser, the pages are independent and reloaded from the stack. But speaking of the react-native, the pages are stacked on the top of each other. So, when you navigate from one screen to the other, it will keep it in the memory. And for the same purpose, it is recommended to find a stable router. Before, you start with the application development process. 

  • App Theme Development- 

The dark mode is in fashion. A dark theme may help the user in a way that he does not strain his eyes when operating in the low light environments. You can attain the darker themes by following the below process- 

Define your-

  1. Colour constants 
  2. Get the required colours into your application 
  3. You can also design the components to incorporate the colour

(If you want to go in detail about the same, you can contact us. And we will help you with another blog for the same purpose.) 

But, no matter what, keep the following notions in your mind- 

  • It is better done at the starting when you are beginning with the process of application development
  • Do no overcrowd with the theme
  • React does justice to its name- 

What if we tell you, you do not need any library or framework to develop a multi-platform mobile application? 

 Now, you must be in a state of shock and would ask what to do then? How can you create a mobile application without a library? The answer is simple. You can employ WebView (it is the browser that is bundled inside the aforementioned app). 

But, there are certain disadvantages to the same. The WebView doesn’t guarantee on the overall performance. The visual effects so expected aren’t present. And, handling or taking care of such a gruesome gesture is hard. And, in such circumstances, you can couple it with the React Native. How will it do it? React Native will compile down to the application’s platforms native code. 

  • Great Work Efficiency-

 What do you understand by the term efficiency? No, we aren’t taking your grammar’s test. We want to convey that React Native ranks high when it comes to doing a certain amount of work in the short development cycle. The react native is used today by the fortune companies as well as the start-ups. Moreover, to date, major app development cases are- Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Walmart to name a few. 

You can keep the following pieces of advice in mind, to increase the performance of the app- 

  • It is crucial to keep only the necessary features and eliminate the unwanted ones. 

Often when using an android application, we witness that there could be a plethora of processes running in your immediate background. It may lead to memory leakage. In such a process, it can undermine the overall quality of your app’s performance. In such cases, avoid the use of ListView, and employ scrolling lists such as VirtualList, FlatList or even SectionList. It will amplify the performance of the abovementioned android application.

  • Reduce the size of the application is an important criterion. It is because the devices respond naturally better to the smaller applications. You can also use ProGuards to minimize the size of the graphics. 
  • Styling with the react-native- 

 There is a library known as a react-native extended stylesheet, which makes the overall styling more fun and interactive. Though the style system has flaws, it is easy to use as well as efficient. All you have to do is to keep your components small. And, the UI, as well as the styles, will fit on one single page. 

  • The Expo

 Do you know that reactive native is home to hundreds of libraries which are almost ready to use? But, despite this fact, it gets no attention from the creators or developers. And, when you try your hands to upgrade a newer React Native version, things may get ugly. 

Expo plays a crucial role in fixing such issues. Expo is a well-known toolbox that accentuates the functions of React Native. It provides its usefulness because it consists of many APIs and tools to build facilities. It helps by developing as well as storing the contents in a cloud. It can even upgrade the application when installed from the app store or play store in the background. 

  • Media Resources- 

 Now, here comes the tricky part. If your application is not sensitive to an image or a video than an extra deal of effort might go in the development process. Moreover, loading images of any high quality can make the overall application process slow. 

  • Profiler & the other tools 

You must know how to employ the use of prolifer. You can use the debug menu, watch out where your fps is running at, and run a prolifer. You can do this to ascertain the root cause of the problem. 

Wrapping it up- 

The popularity of react-native has sky-rocketed lately. But, any tools comes with a plethora of pros and cons. And, the above things we wished someone could have told us or prepared us. 

As the adage goes, it is better late than ever you can keep the above things in mind before developing an app using react-native.       

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