In a traditional workplace, it is much easier to let culture evolve organically as teams chat, collaborate and take on projects together every day. The time they spend together in person is invaluable, and building relationships with their teams gives them an increased sense of purpose and belonging.
So how do you go about creating and nurturing a winning company culture for your remote workers?
Read on to find out.
1. Prioritize meaningful work
Something that is important in any workplace, but especially in a remote one, is prioritising meaningful work and results over the journey that it takes to get there. What we mean by this is prioritising the outcome over the activity.
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, everyone has different working styles, and secondly, it is much harder and more time consuming to micro-manage a remote worker; therefore, this will take its toll on both of you.
By trusting your employee’s process, as long as they are getting results, it shouldn’t matter whether they’re doing it your way or their own way.
2. Don't neglect the onboarding process
When building a remote team, you’ll need to rethink most traditional processes, including recruiting and onboarding. There are plenty of tools out there that make interviewing and hiring new employees much easier, for example, video conferencing platforms.
However, once they’ve signed the contract, you need to ensure that you don’t drop the ball with the onboarding process.
There are several important steps you can take to support your new employee and create a better company culture. You should start by making a two-week plan that tells them what training they’ll be involved in and any meetings they’ll have, whether in-person or virtually.
Helping them to see how their first few weeks are structured can reduce that new starter anxiety and help them to settle in much quicker.
3. Organise some face to face events
Although you might not be able to do this all the time, it’s important to organise some face to face events so that employees can properly meet, speak and socialise with one another. There are several ways you can do this:
- You could organise a training day or fun team building activity, such as a cookery class
- You could arrange after-work drinks
- If you have the budget, you could organise a team getaway, this can be a better solution when workers are in different locations around the globe
Remember, the idea is to encourage as many team members to attend these face to face events as possible. Therefore, you should do all you can to accommodate people from different locations and backgrounds, if you’re planning a getaway, choose somewhere that is beneficial to most people and perhaps arrange things like luggage shipping, airport pickups and accommodation for those who are travelling some distance.
These face to face events will give all employees a much better chance to get to know each other, which can lead to a more collaborative culture and better working relationships.