Remote working has become an integral part of today’s workforce, which can make it hard for companies to create a sense of community amongst distributed workers. A panel of Forbes Coach Council members offered the best strategies in creating a healthy company culture for remote teams.
Dan Messinger of Cream of the Crop Leaders said that getting the team together for leadership training is a good start to establishing a cultural language. Then, hold weekly video meetings so the team can continue to get to know one another and themselves.
Additionally, encouraging cross collaboration can help build more meaningful relationships for workers.
Holding one-on-ones and having virtual office hours for people to stop by is another easy way to keep team members engaged and give you both a chance to catch up.
Hosting an annual team retreat is a fun way to get workers together and fully plan out what is next for the business as well as take time to nurture the company culture.
“Ask your team members from far and wide for their ideas and suggestions on how to build culture and improve morale,” said Palena Neale. “Suggestions from the top might not hit the mark for virtual workers. Also, what works for one may not work for another, hence why soliciting a variety of responses gets everyone involved, provides a range of ideas and often encourages even more innovative solutions.”