Why does your company’s remote work culture matter? Culture reflects the heart and soul of an organization. Now more than ever, with employees working remotely, your company’s work culture should be front and center.
Remote employees need to know what your company stands for. By maintaining a consistent and healthy work culture, your employees are more engaged, happy, and productive. Your employees will also be more connected with your organization.
That’s because, according to a Deloitte study, 88% of employees believe a strong company culture is key to business success. And 94% of executives feel the same way.
That’s why culture matters.
Here are 10 building blocks you can use to create a great culture that remote employees will love:
Nurture trust and transparency
With everyone working from home, it’s much harder to have those face-to-face interactions. It takes an effort to build trust and improve transparency with your remote workers. Just like if you were in the office together, remote workers should be able to talk about achievements, challenges, and mistakes – without being judged. Remote employees should also be included in internal decision-making processes.
Communicate your culture
It’s important that you communicate your corporate culture with your remote workers. Help remote employees understand how your culture aligns with your company’s vision, mission, and strategy. Create a document that outlines your company culture and make sure your employees read it.
Define how you work together
Have a dialog with your team to assess the needs, expectations, and what are reasonable work solutions for remote employees. Studies have shown that teams that are more emotionally connected and engaged with each other work more effectively together. Set a clear process for collaboration and communication.
Provide the right tools
Technology can help organizations create a productive and healthy remote work environment. If you have remote workers, it’s your responsibility to ensure these employees have access to the right technology for them. Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), project management tools, time trackers, video conferencing, and remote learning platforms are just a few essential tools for remote workers.
Prioritize communication and collaboration
How information is shared with your remote workers is an important part of the remote team culture. Consider an internal chat system to unite your remote and in-office workers, such as Slack, Microsoft Team, and similar tools. Set up a weekly video conference to connect and engage with employees to catch up and see how everyone is doing.
Collect and use feedback
Ask your remote employees to provide feedback about working from home on a regular basis. Get their opinions on the remote work process and have them share what worked for them and what didn’t. This input will help you to continuously improve the process. And be sure to acknowledge and incorporate any feedback that employees give you.
Keep employees engaged
When you keep your remote employees engaged over time, they feel connected and valued, and it’s a great way to foster a positive culture. Incorporate some team building games into your regular virtual meetings. Or, start a Slack channel or Miro board to just connect with team members.
Recognize and appreciate success
With fewer face-to-face interactions, you may forget to recognize and appreciate your employees’ hard work. Make a conscious effort to thank employees whenever their work makes a difference to your organization. Acknowledge employees publicly in an internal group chat or during a weekly status meeting. Everyone likes to be noticed, and it improves employee satisfaction, morale, and productivity.
Help employees grow
Take some time to discover more about your remote employees’ expectations and where they think their careers are going. You can provide guidance on how remote workers can achieve their career goals in the short-term and long-term. It might mean receiving training for upskilling or reskilling opportunities, or even starting a new career. To be truly fulfilled, remote employees must have a vision of where they want to go.
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Find ways to have fun
Without fun activities, your remote employees will begin to feel disconnected to the company. Virtual fun should be a part of your regular remote work culture. Employees can connect and socialize in a more informal and comfortable setting. When remote workers connect, collaborate, and participate in team-building activities, it improves morale, engagement, and productivity.
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