Every remote worker I’ve seen stumble and fail over the last year has had one thing in common. They weren’t involved in the team culture.
I don’t just mean water cooler talk – culture includes almost everything aside from your actual output. The system you work by, the amount of meetings you have, the very structure of your teams is governed by your culture.
So when an employee doesn’t engage in culture it causes three things:
- A feeling of isolation
- A communication barrier
- A lack of motivation
- Lower productivity
However, when culture is done right, it powers motivation, encourages communication, and forms a solid, centralized base for your entire workforce to draw from.
Over the last year of remote work the practices I’ve seen benefit our team the most have been:
- Assigning mentors
- Hosting competitions
- Posing problems instead of solutions
- Centralizing information
- Documenting processes
- Giving structured freedom
Let’s dive right in!