5 Steps to Build a Remote Culture

Culture isn’t about having lunch together, weekly parties, or monthly outings with your colleagues. It is the ability to work together as a team. The main aim of having a good culture is to have happy and productive employees. Here are the 5 Steps to Build a Remote Culture.

“Culture is the plinth of the company”

-Reid Hoffman

Remote Work culture

The workplace for most of the companies is changing dramatically, and it is very important the there are few modifications in the work culture of these companies. Remote work culture created quite a buzz with some companies acing it while some companies still trying to find their fit. Building a smart remote culture can help the company to retain its top talent, develop a feeling of trust between its employees and the company also improving employee satisfaction.

We can agree to the fact that “Remote is the new normal”.

5 Steps to build a Remote Culture

1) Open communication and feedback

Encourage an environment where employees feel free to put forth their thoughts. Keep your communication channels clear and open so that more transparency is achieved among the teams. Make sure everyone is contributing to the conversation and not just the loud extroverts among your team. Reduce the formality while having a team conversation.

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.”

Mark Sanborn

2) Maintain your watercooler effect

Remember those days standing near the water cooler and discussing your favorite TV shows, what’s new on Netflix, which series are you binge-watching… Got all nostalgic??

Have a dedicated time or a channel for having general conversations. Text and video chat tools like Slack, Campfire, HipChat, Bitrix24 to have a similar experience virtually.

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

Babe Ruth

3) Make more subgroups or teams

This is one of the important steps in a remote culture. If the team is considerably big, in the brainstorming session there are high chances that it can turn in to chaos where everyone’s ideas are not noted properly and because of that one of the important or creative ideas can slip out. Hence having a small team can help HR, team leader, team members to have clarity and be focused on the discussion.

“ Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

-Henry Ford

4) Be clear with a remote work policy

Be clear whether the employee has the spend number of hours being online or not. For example, a salesperson has to spend a minimum of 6 hours online for calling getting prospect clients whereas a developer has to complete a project in 2 months.

“Working from my home is worth a hundred thousand dollars just on its own — because of the freedom and because of the time-saving.”

-Erik Allbest

5) Recognize and reward employees

For any achievement by an employee or a team, an appreciating message on public channels regarding the same can motivate the employees in the longer run. Keeping your employees motivated should be your top priority in such scenarios.

Because of the remote work culture sometimes employee tends to have quite some time in his or her hand and that time can be used efficiently by offering them free access to courses which are related to their field and the employee is interested in. this will help the employee for his/her professional development and thus benefit the company.

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t have to.”

– Sir Richard Branson

Building a remote culture could be a challenge… But hey who doesn’t like challenges.

As you can see from these steps that building a remote culture doesn’t require some exotic technologies or any shake-ups in an organization just some determination to keep your employees happy and making sure they work as a cohesive unit come what may.

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