How to Build Culture in a Remote Team


Business culture is generally about how the organization relates with its employees and other stakeholders and how employees collaborate. Maintaining a positive work culture in a remote team may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s unachievable. 

Every business deserves to own a specific culture for certain reasons. For starters, culture acts as a logo and a differentiation mark from your competitors. In addition, work culture encourages creativity, innovation, and productivity. Culture also enhances better employee-organization relationships, hence higher employee retention. It boosts trust and communication between employees at the workplace. Likewise, remote teamwork culture inhibits monotony.

All organizations must have a great work culture, whether physically or virtually. You should come up with enough ideas to build a work culture for your remote team. Remember not to overlook the tiny milestones towards achieving more meaningful goals. 

Let’s learn about how to build culture in a remote team:

Create an Environment of Trust, Honesty, and Wellness

A well-established culture in an organization should start with you, the team leaders, and the managers before being transferred to other stakeholders. An environment of trust can be created through how the organization’s activities are run and how much the players collaborate in achieving the set goals.

If you practice trustworthiness in your job recruitment, project management, performance reviews, career expansion, and other activities, your existing and incoming stakeholders will likely adhere to and maintain the culture. 

Digital Workplace Solution

A digital workplace solution integrates modern technology revealed through software and devices such as distraction-blocking apps, instant messaging, virtual meeting platforms, cloud resources, and several business-related applications.

Remote teams can use digital workplace solutions to build a work culture by embracing some of its tools that best suit their business needs. Digital workplace solutions allow employees to develop and maintain a positive work culture. 

Set the Company’s Goals and Objectives Clear

Making the company’s primary and subsidiary goals well-known to every player lays a strong foundation for building a remote culture. You can start by expounding on the company’s mission, vision, and immediate goals using the easiest methods of communication possible. 

That keeps the employees and other stakeholders constantly reminded of what’s expected of them and how they can work towards achieving the goals. 

Establish Regular Practices 

Every business should have its unique practices that make and define its culture. If your organization doesn’t have a solid culture, you can establish certain practices and do them regularly until they become a part of your work culture. 

Some of the most effective regular practices in a remote team include recurring video conferences and daily or weekly performance reviews. 

Practice Healthy Communication

Effective communication is a pillar for nearly every business activity, and most importantly, in a remote team. You can build a strong work culture in a remote team by sharpening your communication skills and tactics.

A virtual organization can enhance communication by mastering strategic communication channels, making video calls to your colleagues, embracing different communication channels, adopting various modern communication tools, and incorporating remote team-building activities.

Organize Regular Face-Face Meetings

Face meetings are as crucial as all the above techniques when building a remote team culture. Regular (weekly or semi-weekly) face-to-face meetings strengthen the existing bonds, allowing everyone to ask questions and clarify some issues. The panels also serve as a performance evaluation desk, while the players welcome new business ideas and opinions. 

Recognize and Appreciate Employees’ Efforts

It’s important to recognize and reward employees’ efforts to build a positive work culture, no matter how small they are. Remote teams should make it a norm to appreciate their members’ hard work at least once or twice a month. 

You can reward employees in a remote team by offering a less tight work schedule, giving time off, and facilitating their development plans. Additionally, you can offer relaxation subscriptions and deliver soft copy “thank you” notes to their emails. This helps to create and maintain loyal and honest employees and a positive work culture. 

Keep Your Company’s Motto Alive

You must have witnessed in football clubs that there’s nothing more unifying than agreeing to a common motto. Coming up with a slogan for your remote team is one way of building a work culture while keeping it actively alive helps to maintain the culture.

To keep the team’s motto working, leaders must repeat the slogan in meetings and other forums, supported by the business’ history and other stories. That way, every member will positively contribute to a positive work culture without unnecessary persuasion. 

There are various elements that remote teams need to consider when building a work culture for the businesses, including:

  • Technology.
  • A positive growth mentality.
  • Flexibility to the constantly changing economy.
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