With everyone working from different parts of the world, it can be tough to keep your team hooked on your company.
Building and maintaining a solid remote work culture will help your team overcome any potential remote work challenge. How? By ensuring your remote team is well-bonded and every individual can develop a lasting trust both with their colleagues and management.
80% of managers will allow their employees to work from home at least occasionally in the future. But things get tricky as 89% of teams already include two or more cultures that need to be effectively integrated. The same CultureWizard study found out that only 15% of leaders are good at managing these cultures, let alone create a unitary one.
So with remote work becoming a part of every organization for good, we all need to rethink your remote team culture and prioritize its success.
Next are a couple of best practices that will help you create culture in your remote teams and reinforce your values in time.
Clarify or rewrite your mission if needed to encompass any changes or policies you’re adding and want to use to define your remote work culture.
Start by presenting them internally so everyone in the team is aware of them without having to find out about a new supported cause from your website. Make updates to your current public resources and create content, reports, and interviews that will highlight these new defining traits.
Begin introducing your company’s values as early as the new hire onboarding stage. This is specifically helpful for helping them transition from a different culture and accept unique values. This gives them enough time to also think about whether the culture is right for them and how they can contribute to it instead of making it all about what the managers want.
Choose one core communication channel [Slack, your project management tool, even email for important updates and documents, etc.] to make sure everyone is able to stay up to date with any changes. These updates shouldn’t be limited to how the remote culture is evolving. Instead, communicate everything that’s going around your company, from fundings to issues you might be experiencing.
Create an updates system to send regular notes and messages so your team can estimate when they’re going to get them. You can mark the day of the announcements in a common team calendar and use that cue to send a comprehensive email or a company-wide newsletter. Take your team through a step-by-step approach to any news or requirements you have and make sure to get their feedback.
Not only will a distributed team reunite multiple cultures and upbringings, but keep in mind there are roughly 16 personality types—each with its own remote work preferences. Although seemingly challenging, this will provide immense benefits to your remote team culture and work conduct. Bringing in different ideas, cultures, and will help you close the diversity gap. This makes for a leading work culture everyone will want to join.
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Never cancel your one-on-one meetings. These are the perfect opportunity for you to find any hidden issues your remote employees might be struggling with. Such problems can affect the team as a whole. So you’ll need to dig deep to find individual challenges and handle all of them to maintain a balanced remote work culture where everyone is valued equally.
Hold one-on-one meetings regularly and avoid using these to distribute work tasks. Instead, concentrate on discovering what your employees are struggling with, if they’re happy with their managers and colleagues, and how you can help them get their energy, happiness, and productivity levels to the top. After all, a healthy remote team culture starts with each one of its members.
Depending on the resources at hand, have a look at what you can do to promote company-employee trust on a daily basis. From allowing your team members to take care of work with minimal supervision to sticking to your promises and even providing stock options when hiring.
Go beyond the work matters to show you really care about their wellbeing. New hires in particular could find it hard to adapt to a new environment while your current team could get lost in the routine. Strive to keep people from feeling isolated or unhappy by planning team-building activities and facilitating virtual watercooler chats over your preferred communication tool.
Here at Panther we keep playground and watercooler virtual rooms, DJ rooms for people to play their Spotify music to teammates, and we play games, every week, with the entire team, right after our weekly standup.
Don’t know where to start with all this?
Next is a checklist to help you understand which should be your priorities. Feel free to adapt these by taking into account what your current remote team challenges are and what your goals are.