5 Lessons Learned on Creating a WOW Remote Company Culture

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As the modern workplace rapidly changes from 9 to 5 cubicle teams to a network of fully work-from-home positions, we wanted to share some more of the lessons we’ve learned in our culture journey as a remote company. See our 5 lessons on how to create a remote culture that still WOWs, engages, and inspires your teams:

 

1. Bring Personality into Your Meetings

 

In a traditional office, you have the chance to interact with colleagues in passing in shared spaces, before meetings start, or by the water cooler. Those micro-interactions add up to the social aspect of your job, so how can you bring that back into the moments when you connect with your remote coworkers? Take advantage of your meetings by putting some personality into it. In other words, dialing in your weird, authentic self in those first few minutes to catch-up, tell some light personal stories, or ask the team a silly question. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
  • What does your ideal weekend look like?
  • Name one way someone WOW’d you lately.

Related: 5 Ways to Bring Happiness [and Fun!] to Your Office Meetings

 

2. Commit to Your Communication Tools

 

At Delivering Happiness, our team uses tools like Slack, Basecamp, and Google Drive to keep us connected and collaborating on projects together. The only way for these tools to succeed is to make sure employees learn how to use them, take time to explore different functions, and commit to them. Commitment is key, and sometimes that communication can be put on the back burner during high-stress periods of work or during the holidays.

 

So how can you make sure communication stays a priority? Through a culture or accountability pact! A culture pact is essentially an agreement among employees on how they will uphold different aspects of your company culture.

 

What will your pact look like?


Related: The Tools Every Remote Team Should Think About Using

 

3. Get Together, Not Just Virtually

 

You’ve probably heard of companies getting together for an annual meeting or All Hands Meeting. Those big get-togethers are important not just for business strategy, but to also foster relationships between your employees [therefore nurturing your culture]. But what about opportunities outside of your annual meeting?

 

If there are coworkers traveling together to work on a certain project or they will happen to be in the area of another employee, your organization should help foster those moments. How can you do that? Opt to buy them lunch, purchase a day at a coworking space for them, or get them tickets to a special event. If you go the extra mile to make it easier to nurture those relationships, your employees will happily participate!

 

4. Give Recognition to Other Teams

 

It’s easy to create a subculture within your department or team, but to create a culture of inclusivity it’s important to recognize the success of outside teams too! In competitive environments, we get too caught up in our own work and put the blinders on towards other people’s achievements.

 

This is essential for teams to recognize how the success of the organization as a result of the whole, not the individual. Recognition is as easy as a shout-out at a meeting, a notable acknowledgment via email, or a highlight in a company newsletter. WOW cultures begin with wow-ing each other, so make sure those wins don’t go unnoticed!


Related: 5 Meaningful & Better Ways You Can Show Appreciation At Work

 

5. Support Working Away from Home

 

When you work remotely, most people think you are just working from home. On some days this is true. If you don’t have a proper home office or live in a place that might interfere with your work, then finding a productive workspace can be a challenge.

 

With the rise of coworking spaces and the sharp influx of local coffee shops, consider budgeting funds towards these resources, so your employees feel freer to leave their homes and enjoy the benefits of working remotely. It’s important that this working structure is seen as a positive instead of an inconvenience. Granting your teams the autonomy to change up their workspace can lead to more productivity in the long run.




Cultures aren’t tied together by distance but are united by core values. Discover how you can boost productivity through your remote culture:

LEARN HOW TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY  [DOWNLOAD OUR EBOOK]

 

 

About the Author

Briana Nguyen

Bri is the Growth Content Driver on the Delivering Happiness team. Working previously as a freelancer, her goal has always been to work with passionate people who are focused on helping individuals and businesses find their purpose. As part of DH, she now gets to accomplish that every day. Bri resides in Arizona and is lucky enough to enjoy the sun all year round.

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