Last week we discussed how culture plays a huge role in an organization’s overall success, from understanding your company’s culture, to hiring and onboarding employees who you believe will bring productivity and efficiency to your organization. We discussed the various steps that go into building a positive culture in a 100-percent remote work environment. This week, we continue our discussion on the most effective ways to connect and engage with your team members, regardless of their geographic location.
Once you set values and ensure that team members understand them, it’s time to turn to the artifacts and practices that create the culture of your team. As the main venue for remote teams to interact and collaborate, communication is the lifeblood of any remote team. Here are our best practices:
When it comes to team meetings, making the transition to remote work seems intuitive: team meetings are already planned and pre-scheduled, so all you need to do is move from the conference room to a virtual meeting room like Zoom, right?
But there’s more to it than that: Team meetings need to become part of the very fabric of the team. Meetings create a regular opportunity to inspire and lead, and managers should err on the side of involving all team members so that everyone feels like a critical piece of the whole. With fewer opportunities to catch your teammates and clarify miscommunications, participants should set an honest and comprehensive tone to ensure the whole team is on the same page. When remote meetings devolve into simple status updates, it’s a clear sign that managers need to dig deeper.
One-on-one communication is less intuitive in a remote context,...
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