Building a Company Culture, Even Remotely
It’s good to have a company culture, it could be difficult, but it must, especially most of the personnel works remotely. It helps to ensure that people of your team are working loyally and their productivity is up to the mark, without keeping an eye on them.
“The Main reason behind company culture is to make sure each and everyone is connected and so productive. It doesn’t mean that they are remote and have liberty and they misuse it. The Liberty must comes with responsibility”
Back in our days, we used to work with complete remote team, our developers, designers, our analysts used to work from different work locations USA, UK, Russia and India, we had to push it harder to make sure that, we are not just names in our company list. Team used to know each other, we used to have each other online, chats email Skype conversations etc on our personal and professional level.
A good company culture inspires employees to work together and also improves productivity. But if you don’t know how to build an awesome company culture, than we have got the solution for you.
Start OnBoarding to Build Company culture from day 1
For sake of fact, it only takes few seconds to make a first impression of someone, if you haven’t started building your company culture yet, than you must start it as soon as possible, via OnBoarding Process.
Here’re few things to make good OnBoarding process:
- You must be prepared for the employee’s first day.
- They must introduce to the team quickly.
- Everyone should be absolutely clear with their Individual Responsibility.
- They should know what they are supposed to do or whom to ask in case of unsure.
The reason behind OnBoarding is to ensure employee is comfortable with the new Job Role; all the resources should start straight away and is introduced to the rest of the team, as quickly as possible. By this new Joined person will feel ease and won’t encounter any bearers and hinder their progress.
This will put them on ease and let them get started quickly, if they have been introduced already, they will interact with each others for small talk or conversation to integrate into existing workforce comfortably.
Always remember, you have to work hard towards remote employees as they don’t sit next to each other, or walking to the break room to talk about the latest Daredevil episode.
Motivate Remote Communication and Collaboration
Let’s go back to the Miami beach comparison, no matter you are running remote office team or in-office team, you will not have any kind of company culture if your team isn’t motivated to communicate and collaborate.
Similar to OnBoarding, communication and collaboration helps employees to get to know each other and recognize everyone as a human, rather than an employee ID. After all, the company doesn’t run by machine.
Whether you are in office or at home, you must require right tools to allow these collaborations and conversations to naturally flow. Here’re some tools below to get started.
Skype for Business
Everyone must have heard Skype already; Skype for Business is nothing new but the professional tool to communicate each other just like gaming chats and any other instant messenger. This tool allows you to quickly chat with each colleagues in either private or group channels. Just like Skype, Facebook messenger and TrackDuck and more, you have one very powerful company chat tool.
If you want to inspire the feeling of Cross cubicle collaborations into your remote team, or just wanted good place to do group meetings, GoogleHangouts is the tool created for you. By setting up a ‘Room’, anyone with the link can drop in and out as they please, practically giving you a source to collaborate over on a Silver Platter.
Mentioning collaboration, GoogleApps and Drive are fabulous for sharing resources with team members and altering files in real time. As an example, we use Google Drive to Store our resources, which are shared with the rest of the team in case access is required. Spreadsheets, documents PPTs can be edited in real time whilst other team members watch, allowing everyone to stay on the same page without wasting time.
Trello is an amazing tool for sticky notes. Imagine having boards of sticky notes in the office which all the people add their things to do sheet, it also allows everyone to see what’s going on in the company and easily access any project which they need to. That’s too much Trello is a Bombshell.
Trello can easily integrate with a huge selection of other apps like Slack and TrackDuck, and you have yourself a true giant of a task board.
Add a bit of Gamification
What is the better way to motivate teamwork and team spirit? A fight till the knock out, of course!
But that would be bit extreme, but a bit of good competition can inspire your employees and increase the rest of the workforce. Though you should not put the diehard contest of, by saying who can perform the best. Don’t count the work they do, do the work that counts.
Let’s take an example; we have a system where a different member of team recommends a bad TV series every month for rest of us to watch, as a kind of mini-contest to see who can drag up the best worst flick. Some of us include Face with the truth and Visit to the past; in one they ask personal questions by attaching people with lie detector.
Also, you can create a playful company culture with tournaments of something the team shares an interest in. Our pick of choice was Counter strike, which is fantastic way to get everyone communicating and engaging in some friendly competition. We even limited the cash amount, so people can use the weapons they have basic, trust me nothing can be more brutal than this.
Human Counts, Not the Number
Generally this concept can be more applied to remote teams, it’s important to understand that everyone in the company is a Human, with their limits and personal productivity methods.
For an example, if you have excellent interpersonal skills and you notice a one is having a heavy work load, than reach out to him and try to decrease some of his work load, that would make him stress free and make him feel, he is working in a company where everyone is equally important as work. It also increases the internal bonds.
If you are running a remote team you must be extra vigilant and very flexible on the work schedules. Remote workers need to be totally comfortable with voicing their problems so that they don’t sit at their screen for hours and not actually getting much apart from a stress.
A best way to motivate the company personnel is to allow them the freedom to pick their own working hours or whenever they are flexible to do their work. This also applies to the remote workers only, but as the Spider Man said, great power comes with great responsibilities. So they can get the liberty but there shouldn’t be misuse of that liberty. This helps employees to achieve their targets and goals; also it increases their productivity and lesser stress level.
Definitely you want to create an office, not a prison. It helps everyone to have your employees know each other, be familiar with what everyone else is responsible for, regularly communicate with the rest of their team and even compete with them in a casual Counter Strike game.
Company culture is something that can’t be forced. If you want to have a working and productive team, you must motivate collaboration, team work, friendly competition and flexible hours, you will get a happy company. A happy company means honesty and productivity. So why not.