The recent move to working from home has brought the challenges of remote working into sharp relief. Zoom call etiquette, WIP (working in pajamas) and the perils of the mute button are now a rich source of online thinkpieces – and memes – but as WFH becomes part of the furniture companies are wrestling with a new challenge. How to create a company culture and boost morale amongst your employees when you aren’t actually with your employees?

The good news is creating a great culture doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task solely for big businesses. Here’s a bit of remote working advice to help your company thrive:

1. Embrace the new normal

Is remote working here to stay? Absolutely. If you are still unsure about the benefits of WFH, take five minutes to talk to people about it. It provides employees with the flexibility they expect, an improved work/life balance and in a great many cases actually improves productivity. Take the right steps to maintain morale and WFH will be a great success.

2. Communicate your culture

It’s a lot less of a chore to create a brilliant WFH culture if everyone working for you knows what you stand for. Get your senior team to hammer out a clear mission and vision, then communicate it to your times in the simplest, most straightforward of ways. If people feel they are in it together, they will be reminded of the importance of staying on the same page.

3. Don’t beat about the bush

“Flexible” or “remote” work can cover all multitude of sins. Different people will have wildly differing interpretations. Do they have to work set hours? Be online at any given time? Are they expected to return to HQ on a regular basis? People are looking to you to be clear, so be clear. Include any specific expectations you have in the job posting so applicants are fully onboard before they join.

4. Repetition reaps rewards

The best cultures are built on rituals. Set recurring meetings so people have a benchmark as to what to expect. Maybe you want to build things into your timetable, a set catch up on a set day? Or maybe Monday mornings are booked out and no meetings are happening at all. Remote working tools help create these rituals and make people feel comfortable.

5. Give people space

In a remote team, it’s all too easy to feel like you need to respond to requests immediately. Or managers get antsy if staff aren’t always displaying as online. This is really dangerous.   It’s important that everyone has space for meaningful, uninterrupted work. As an employer, it’s on you to create boundaries within remote teams.

6. Trust Your Employees

Finally, trust is the foundation for success. Employees who are treated respectfully are more likely to do well. Paradoxically, over-monitoring remote workers can mess things up, hampering motivation and productivity. It’s up to you to find alternatives for teams to share work—like a Trello board they can use to stay updated and in touch with their progress.

In conclusion, it’s easier than ever to create a great culture remotely, you just need to embrace it. For more information check out Cymphony’s website, or read our most recent blog on how to implement these changes without breaking the bank.

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