Maintaining Company Culture with Remote Workers
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way we work, and HR teams have been tasked with unparalleled challenges. From ensuring a smooth work-from-home transition, to providing the necessary health and safety tools to front-line workers and many things in between. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the value of employees and their well-being.
Company culture has an impact on a company’s reputation, both in the eyes of job seekers and customers. More importantly, company culture is a defining factor in an employee’s satisfaction at work. Here are 3 ways to ensure a positive company culture during a pandemic.
Every employee values openness and honesty. Employees who are left in the dark may feel increasingly stressed, which can lead to poor performance at work. Where possible, keep your employees up to date on company news, plans moving forward, and the COVID-19 situation at work. When there is transparency in the workspace, employees will feel a greater sense of trust toward their company.
Regular Employee Check-ins
Avoid letting your employees feel disconnected from the company. Those working remotely may be struggling to adjust in their new environment or suffering from burn-out, and it’s much easier to go unnoticed when you’re not coming into an office five days a week. Schedule a phone call or a one-on-one video meeting with each of your employees on a regular basis and take the time to talk with them, informally, about how they are doing.
Accessibility for Employees
On top of the check-ins, make sure that there is an easy, open line for remote workers to contact their HR representatives. Stress the fact that remote workers have support from their employers and that management and HR are only a phone call, email or chat away. Fostering communication in the virtual workplace will make employees feel more comfortable and will promote a culture that values trust, connection and discussion.