How to Maintain a Positive Corporate Culture Remotely
April 17, 2020
During uncertain times, management needs to acknowledge employees on a regular basis.
Ensuring your employees are feeling included , significant and appreciated in their roles within their companies is important, especially during the current global climate.
Continuing to build a positive corporate culture can be a challenge during isolation. While working remotely is very new for many employees, those who are used to working from home have already established their rhythm in their daily work life. They're used to communicating with co-workers and management via email, phone, or video. They may not bring into question the company's culture.
They are used to having limited to no live face-to-face contact. Meetings around a boardroom table. Popping into a colleague's office. Meet ups in the lunch room to discuss the latest sports scores. These are things they don't participate in normally.
Yet those employees who have been forced into a work-from-home reality due to the current pandemic are definitely feeling out of sorts, and likely they are feeling increasingly uncertain about their security within their jobs. and their status amongst their co-workers.
What these employees are suddenly lacking is human contact. They aren't experiencing the essential human behaviours they normally would to help them come to conclusions or make decisions about their daily work-life. Human behaviours like subtle body language during a conversation, facial expressions when bringing forth ideas, tone of voice in responses, etc.
These are key attributes we all use to help us determine our place in any given situation. We use these attributes to understand if we are included, accepted, understood, or just being a nuisance.
We use the attributes to understand if what do or say is important. Or if the work we have done is beneficial to the team.
For those employees who are struggling to create their new work-from-home strategy without human contact, especially employees who live alone, it's vital that management take the time to acknowledge each and every employee on a regular basis.
Simple virtual high-fives, or emails about a job well done go a long way to helping employees through these current unprecedented times. We're all feeling out of sorts as we struggle to continue to do our jobs in isolation.
So go and hug your employees today. Virtually of course!