Keeping the Company Culture in a Remote Workplace
In the world of Covid-19, remote working has become the new norm. Here at INFOCU5, a primarily remote company, the state of affairs has allowed us to hone in on what works and what doesn’t in the current remote work environment. Key themes to keep in mind as a business owner or an employee navigating a remote position are balancing work and private life, finding flexibility while maintaining a healthy corporate culture and remembering to reap the benefits by working hard to play hard.
Balancing work and private life
A tricky puzzle to solve when deciding to go remote is separating your work and private life when it’s all done under one roof — your home. How do you create the right balance between work and life when you aren’t getting in the car and going to and from the office?
Try to keep the work day to eight hours. Having a good starting and stopping time for the work day helps the employee compartmentalize their day into work time and personal time. Clocking in and out can put the employee in a different state of mind and focus level. Or for salaried employees, you can set boundaries by turning off work notifications outside the work hours.
Another key component to balancing your life is taking the time to change your surroundings. Take 20 minutes and go for a walk, meditate, stretch and practice yoga or throw a ball for your dog. These simple things can change your entire outlook on the day and give your mind and body a change of pace it needs.
Flexibility in the corporate culture
Creating an environment for your team that relaxes the typical corporate structure is what candidates are looking for right now. According to balancecareers.com,
“Workplace flexibility is a strategy of responding to changing circumstances and expectations. Employees who approach their job with a flexible mindset are typically more highly valued by employers. Similarly, employers who cultivate a flexible work environment are attractive to employees.”
Keep it light. Intercompany emails don’t have to read: “Dear Sir or Madam, per our discussion…” Create relationships with your fellow employees virtually or otherwise and see the communication and collaboration grow exponentially. Feeling a part of a team and having a good time doing it is the optimal work experience for employer and employee alike. Creating an environment of inclusion and personality of the company becomes the most fruitful, even in a remote work space. At INFOCU5, we take the time to send out something extra personal to our employees, like this year’s “Thank You” card delivered to their mailboxes. An extra touch and taking the effort to tell them how much you appreciate them is all that’s needed.
Work hard, play hard
Here at INFOCU5 the work environment is very different from the typical corporate structure. There’s collaboration and open communication between employees and departments, allowing everyone to feel a sense of belonging and an integral part of the bigger picture for the company as a whole.
Using applications like Slack provide the blank canvas for a constant stream of communication and collaboration. It brings a sense of the atmosphere to the daily communications happening within INFOCU5 via GIFs and Emojis in the conversations. Different channels between different departments allows for everyone to be instantly in the know. For example, as a social campaign, the company is gathering photos from INFOCU5 employees across the board of them and their families dressed up in Halloween costumes. These types of fun collections of content gives you a peek into the lives of the people of INFOCU5 even though they’re located all across the state.