How to Build and Maintain a Strong Remote Work Culture

It’s important to create, share, and maintain a company culture, even when everyone is working remotely. You can use tools like Pipewing, Slack or Google Hangouts to create a space where employees can share company news, updates, and announcements. You can also use these tools to hold virtual happy hours or other social events.

Here are some other things to consider:

  • Psychological Safety: Creating a safe and secure psychological space is important for remote teams. This means creating an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing ideas and concerns. It also means being open to feedback and criticism.
  • Virtual Onboarding: Giving new employees the best possible experience is essential to creating a strong remote work culture. This includes providing clear and concise instructions, as well as setting up regular check-ins so that they can ask questions and get feedback.
  • Communication and Collaboration Standards: Setting up clear communication and collaboration standards is crucial for remote teams. This includes using a shared task management system, such as Trello or Asana, and setting up regular video or audio meetings.
  • Flexibility: One of the benefits of remote work is that it allows for more flexibility. This means that employees can work from anywhere, at any time. It also means that they can take advantage of flexible scheduling options, such as working four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
  • Trust: One of the most important aspects of a strong remote work culture is trust. This means trusting that employees will get their work done, even when they’re not in the office. It also means trusting that they will use their time wisely and not abuse their flexible work hours.
  • Accountability: Accountability is key in a remote work environment. This means holding employees accountable for their work, as well as their time management. It also means setting up clear expectations and deadlines.

Finally, it’s important to provide support to employees who are working remotely. This includes offering access to mental health resources, as well as providing technical support.

Examples of company culture

There are a few key ways in which company culture can be manifested and influenced by aesthetics. The dress code can be one way to communicate company culture to employees. The office layout, perks program, and social calendar can also give employees a sense of what the company culture is like and what they can expect from their work environment. All of these factors play a role in shaping company culture and can be used to create a strong, remote work culture.

Examples of psychological safety

  1. Let your team know that you’re committed: Show your team that you’re invested in their success by being available to them and engaging with them regularly. Make it clear that you value their input and that you’re open to hearing their suggestions.
  2. Let your team see you understand: Let your team know that you understand their challenges and that you’re there to help them overcome them. Show them that you’re willing to listen to their concerns and that you’re invested in finding solutions that work for everyone.
  3. Do not blame to build trust: If something goes wrong, don’t point the finger at someone on your team. Instead, work together to find a solution. This will show your team that you’re willing to work together and that you trust them to do their best.
  4. Take responsibility for your actions and expect the same from others: Show your team that you’re accountable for your actions and that you expect the same from them. This will create a culture of trust and respect.
  5. Nip negativity in its bud: If you see someone on your team being negative, address it immediately. Let them know that negativity will not be tolerated and that you expect them to be positive and supportive of their teammates.
  6. Include your team in decision-making: Involve your team in the decision-making process as much as possible. This will show them that you value their input and that you’re open to their suggestions.
  7. You should be open to feedback: solicit feedback from your team regularly and be open to hearing what they have to say. Show them that you’re willing to make changes based on their feedback.
  8. You can champion your team: Be a positive force on your team and in your company. Show your team that you believe in them and that you’re there to support them.

Examples of virtual onboarding

There are many ways to make sure your remote employees feel welcome and comfortable in their new surroundings. Here are just a few examples of virtual onboarding:

  • Online organizational charts: Give new hires a clear sense of who they’ll be working with by providing an online organizational chart. This way, they can see who reports to whom, and who they can go to for help or advice.
  • Grand entrance announcement: Make your remote employees feel like VIPs by announcing their arrival to the rest of the team. This is a great way to make them feel welcomed and appreciated.
  • Digital library and member lounge for digital new members: Give your new remote employees access to an online library of resources and a member lounge where they can socialize and get to know their fellow team members.
  • New hire survival kits: Send your new remote employees a survival kit that includes everything they need to get started, such as a list of helpful resources, a welcome letter, and a company t-shirt.
  • Make new friends: Help your new remote employees meet their teammates by setting up social events and activities, such as virtual happy hours or online games.
  • Remote team welcome lunch: Send your new remote employees a welcome lunch to their homes so they can enjoy a meal with their teammates. This is a great way to show them that you care about their well-being.
  • Team-building: Help your new remote employees feel like part of the team by giving them opportunities to bond with their teammates, such as through team-building exercises or shared interests.
  • Online welcome scavenger search: Hide virtual welcome gifts around your online workplace for your new remote employees to find. This is a great way to help them familiarize themselves with their new surroundings and make them feel like part of the team.

Examples of communication and collaboration standards

There are many ways to build and maintain a strong remote work culture, but one of the most important is to establish clear communication and collaboration standards. By doing so, you can ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals.

Some specific examples of communication and collaboration standards include:

  • Regular check-ins: Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, regular check-ins are a great way to stay connected and ensure everyone is on track.
  • Clear and concise communication: When working remotely, it’s important to communicate clearly and concisely to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Establishing a collaborative environment: A collaborative environment can be established through a variety of means, such as using collaborative tools like Google Docs or Trello or setting up regular team meetings.
  • Respecting others’ time and space: It’s important to respect others’ time and space when working remotely. This means avoiding interruptions, such as phone calls or instant messages, when someone is clearly busy.

By establishing clear communication and collaboration standards, you can create a strong remote work culture that will help everyone be more productive and successful.

Examples of trust

  1. Be clear about expectations: When you’re working remotely, it’s important to be clear about what is expected of you and your team. Make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of deadlines, work hours, and communication.
  2. Encourage transparency: In a remote work environment, it’s important to encourage transparency and openness. Make sure everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas and be open to feedback.
  3. Promote collaboration: Encourage collaboration and brainstorming, even (or especially) when people are working remotely. This will help to build a sense of team spirit and camaraderie.
  4. Be available: When people are working remotely, it’s important to be available for them. Make sure you’re accessible and responsive to their questions and concerns.
  5. Reward good work: Be sure to recognize and reward good work, even when it’s done remotely. This will help to motivate and inspire your team.

Author: John Donnelly


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