Will workplace culture be less significant for remote teams?
Pool tables and free snacks aren’t the only things that build an organization’s culture. It’s also about the perks, the values, and the connection that encourages a good-standing relationship within an organization.
Although often underrated, building your team’s culture helps define your shared goals. Having a purpose makes each person know their value and the importance they bring to the team — especially in remote teams. After all, working feels more fulfilling when you know how your work contributes to the overall success of an organization.
With unprecedented global events affecting the workforce, several companies ramped up on outsourcing their services. As exciting as this sounds, the shift to remote outsourcing work does not come without its challenges.
Considering the distance and the lack of face-to-face interactions, one might wonder if it’s possible to establish a remote team culture. Teams pieced through virtual spaces such as Zoom or Skype struggle in building a genuine connection with one another.
On-site vs. online
For on-site teams, building a culture is easier through shared experiences and daily interactions during their usual 9 to 5. Connecting and bonding seem more effortless, resulting in an organically developed team culture.
However, creating, practicing, and living by a workplace culture may already be challenging even for a team with regular interactions. So, just imagine how difficult it would be to implement one for groups of virtual people to do the same.
Developing a team culture for people only connected through screens and wires isn’t entirely impossible. Sure, it might take more effort and a more deliberate, forward-thinking process, but the taste of success will surely be sweet once everyone gets the groove of it.
5 ways to build your remote team’s culture
- It all begins with onboarding
Similar to the onboarding process on-site, taking time to properly orient and welcome a new team member is a must for remote working.
Onboarding is more than discussing the company’s background and policies, especially for remote workers. It also entails:
- Ensuring your employee has the right and appropriate resources will help them get set up for success.
- Developing a small action plan to gradually integrate new members into the team and the tasks they need to do.
- Onboarding newbies by batch is beneficial for both employees and trainers. This gives employees a chance to socialize with their colleagues, and for trainers, it saves them time and redundancy.
- Establish your company’s mission, vision, and goals
When the collective knows the common goals needed to be achieved, it makes their work easier because there is a sense of purpose embedded in everything they do. Reinforcing these ideas will help remind employees how vital their role is for the team and the company.
- Set your remote work policy and expectations
Clearly defining what “remote work” means to your organization can help manage the expectations of prospects and current team members about the kind of work they’ll have to do.
Will they have a fixed or flexible schedule? Will the company allow them to work anywhere – at home, at the beach, and wherever else they want? Letting them know early on about your policies and expectations can help them determine if they fit right in.
- Face time matters
Staying social is part of human nature. However, simply chatting over virtual communication channels won’t cut it sometimes.
Planning a regular video call even just for personal catchups or during coaching may help build connections and relationships easier. If possible, monthly meetings at the office or in any place are also a good idea to create camaraderie.
- Make them feel that their voice matters
Empowering your employees to speak up and share their ideas may help boost their confidence and hone their passion, not just in their roles, but in the organization as a whole.
Having monthly evaluations and feedback collection can help in making employees feel seen and heard.
Wrapping things up
The most important factor about building a remote team’s culture doesn’t only lie in the process mentioned above – it requires proactivity from the team members as well.
When people engage, practice, and actively take part in committing to your goals, it’s a sure path towards your culture’s success.
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