5 Ways to Maintain Company Culture While Working Remotely
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
When creating an appropriate company culture, it’s important to remember that it’s all about the people. Happy and healthy employees produce a stronger work ethic, desire to succeed, and ambition to go above and beyond. However, working remotely may pose additional challenges in cultivating a positive work environment. We put together a list of five ways you can still maintain a great company culture while working remotely.
1. Maintain effective communication
When business priorities are clear, your potential is endless. Clear communication is crucial for maintaining a healthy relationship of trust, accountability, and culture, especially when working remotely. When communication begins to break down, the opportunity for misunderstandings and errors may arise. As the leader of your team, make it a priority to establish ongoing communication while using the proper communication channels. Different channels may be utilized for various means of communication, so choose wisely.
We recommended using video calls whenever applicable. Video calls allow you and your team to see each other face-to-face, and connect on a more personal level. It is also advisable to set up ongoing one-on-one meetings between you and your team members to check-in and keep up with how each employee is doing.
Encourage your team to set up video calls for meetings or collaboration sessions. For quick communication that requires less formal interaction, we recommend implementing a team communication system such as Slack or Google Hangouts.
2. Promote health and wellness
The health and wellbeing of your team should be a top priority. The current unprecedented times leave a large opportunity for anxiety, stress, fear, and uncertainty to arise, which may hinder your team’s ability to think and concentrate. Physically and mentally healthy employees are essential to your business. Encourage your team to take walks during their breaks, or schedule regular virtual workout sessions that colleagues can participate in from home. Encourage your employees to try healthy mental wellness activities such as meditating or yoga, and foster an environment that promotes seeking professional help when needed.
3. Allow room for non-work related
When working from a regular office or workspace, it can be easy to disregard the significance of asking someone about their weekend while pouring coffee, or sharing a quick joke before a meeting. When working remotely, small talk appears to come to a halt when you are not in constant interaction with your colleagues. However, just because the opportunity for small talk isn’t as apparent, it doesn’t make it any less important for maintaining strong work-based relationships.
Send quick instant messages to your team members asking how their day is going, what they got up to on the weekend, or their thoughts on the latest episode of that Netflix series they’re watching.
To ensure team members are not interrupted during key work periods, allow for “blackout” periods to be listed in everyone’s Google Calendars, or for the option to switch to “Do Not Disturb” on Slack during peak hours of productivity.
4. Schedule (virtual) team activities
If a core pillar in your company culture is team-building activities, don’t remove this bonding experience simply because you are now working remotely. Rather, schedule time for virtual interactions instead. Create a similar virtually-adjusted team experience through virtual lunches, online Friday afternoon hangouts, or games. Some simple game options for teams include:
● Charades through video calling
● Themed Trivia
5. Trust your team
Every member of your team is part of your organization for a reason. You chose them because they resemble attributes that make them the right fit for your business. Trust in your decision, and trust that your team is getting their work done. Micromanaging creates a culture of distrust and lack of initiative within your team. If your team is under the impression you don’t trust them to succeed, how can they trust themselves? Allow flexibility, and have faith that your team is completing their work as efficiently as possible.
Need more guidance in maintaining company culture while working remotely? We’re happy to help. Book a free consultation with us to determine the right company culture plan for your team.