Although stay-at-home orders are being lifter or relaxed, many companies will continue to work remotely over the next several months.
Working remotely poses many potential problems for any business. One of the biggest challenges is keeping a sense of company culture among workers who are physically apart. Use the following strategies to maintain the culture of your business even during difficult times.
Call Out Team Wins
Good news are always welcome, but they are particularly necessary when a team works remotely. Call out your team’s wins and stress the contribution of relevant members. Also, don’t forget to underline the connection between those wins and and the culture of your company. This will boost the morale of your team while giving them a sense of purpose and advancement. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should refrain from giving critical feedback when necessary. Just don’t forget how important wins, even small ones, are to your company culture right now.
Find an Effective Communication Software
Good communication is key when you work remotely. With so many options on the market (Slack, Teams, Zoom, just to name the more popular), the problem won’t be finding a tool, but deciding which one works best for your organization. Once you have chosen a program or app for everyday communication, avoid using additional tools because this may create confusion and information overload in your team, diluting your massage and creating unnecessary stress.
Offer Bonding Opportunities
Bonding and team building are some of the most challenging aspects of remote work. Leaving room for levity and relaxation go a long way to achieve these goals. A smart strategy consists in creating a dedicated space for conversations not related to work. This will be a sort of virtual watercooler where members of your team can exchange ideas freely and get to know each other. Encouraging them to strengthen their bonds in a professional manner will benefit the culture of your company.
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