Remote Work Culture and Engagement
Whether you cultivate it or not, your company has a culture. From employee retention to product quality, having a positive company culture will increase employee engagement and improve your company’s results.
VIDEO: Remote Work Culture
TRANSCRIPT: Remote Work Culture
Whether you cultivate it or not your company has a culture. From employee retention to product quality, having a positive company culture will increase employee engagement and improve your company’s results.
This was complicated even when all your employees were under one roof, but the explosion of a remote workforce has made this more complicated as we’ve tried to figure out how to establish and maintain a company culture in a remote work environment.
What is Work Culture?
Culture is how we do things around here, and engagement is the performance aspect of culture. So engagement is important because it goes up when culture aligns with how employees measure what is successful for them.
Why is a culture that encourages employee engagement important?
Well, Gallup found the companies that had better employee engagement had higher metrics in the following areas. Engaged workforces experienced:
- 81% less absenteeism
- 41% fewer quality defects
- 10% boost in customer loyalty
- 18% increase in productivity
- 23% increase in profitability
Work cultures today need to be friendly, family-oriented, caring, and supportive. Engaging your workers and making them feel valued is really key to developing a strong company culture for your remote workforce, but as we’ve learned with other leadership strategies: what we’re going to have to do to be successful with the remote for workforce is very different than the methods we’ve used with in-office teams. So here’s some information that might help…
4 Characteristics of High Engagement Work Culture
There are four key characteristics of workplace cultures that increase engagement.
- Warm Relationships: People like to work with people, most of us do–this is very tough to do in a remote workforce environment and people can easily get isolated, so it’s on you as a leader to promote teamwork and encourage collaboration.
- Honesty: Engaged workers have honest interactions with their co-workers and their leaders, so you need to create an environment where honesty is encouraged. One of the best ways to do this as a leader is to be honest yourself and exemplify that. Your workers will notice and they’ll do the same.
- Shared Accountability: Engagement goes up when team members share accountability. Everyone wins or loses together.
- Alignment on Shared Goals: make sure that everyone’s contributions and objectives are in alignment with the company’s mission and purpose.
Implementing these strategies can be complicated if you need help let us know.
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