Intentionally design for the same interactions that would otherwise happen if people were in the office.
Culture is what naturally happens when a group of people gets together for any period.
A great culture happens with intentional design and influence. It's the reason you should make your company's mission, vision, values, operating principles, standards, and agreements visible.
Culture is experienced through emotions, including how your employees feel about the company, you, other leaders, and peers. That feeling is developed through human interaction at the water cooler, kitchen, or hallway conversations.
Working remotely becomes second nature when you do it all the time. But if you need to suddenly transition to remote work, you won't necessarily have effective systems in place. I consistently get emails from folks looking for advice on how to make remote work actually work. While we've written...
Being social at office lubricates official conversations and the work itself. The more we spend time with colleagues having non-essential chatter, the easier our work becomes with them.
It helps to be creative and infuse fun into a virtual interaction. Any official conversation, like a manager meeting his subordinates in a one-on-one meeting, can start by asking about the person’s life (something unrelated to work), so that a connection is built.
It's not easy being a manager. Not only are you accountable for your team's performance, you are also in charge of hiring new candidates, and you have to work hard to earn their trust and respect. Now, imagine doing these things when your closest direct report is 800 miles away, and your team members live in five different time zones.
Executive Summary With the Covid-19 epidemic, many employees - and their managers - are finding themselves working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time. Fortunately, there are specific, research-based steps that managers can take without great effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees, even when there is little time to prepare.