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Maintaining Great Company Culture
Maintaining a great company culture is something that is essential to all businesses. Without it, your employees will feel disengaged and less motivated at work.
How to Maintain a Great Company Culture
With offices closed, maintaining a great company culture is now more essential than ever, with more and more people are now working from home. Remote working will no doubt bring a different dynamic within your company, there are no more chats with your teammates while making a cup of tea and the weekly Friday after-work drinks are gone. But, there’s one thing that should always remain constant, whether you’re in the office or working remotely, and that’s a strong workplace culture. From a recent Glassdoor survey, 96% of job seekers say that it's important to work for a company that embraces transparency.
A great company culture is made up of many elements, but there are 3 main factors:
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Positive leadership team
A good corporate culture always matters, but during the current climate, it’s arguable that it’s now more important than ever.
It’s understandable why many people may think it’s difficult to maintain strong company culture when you’re not physically interacting with your teammates and all conversations are reduced down to video calls. But don't worry, to make it easier, we’re going to outline the key main points of great company culture that we think are the most important during the pandemic and how you can maintain them remotely.
As you’ve probably gathered, maintaining good levels of communication is crucial when more employees than ever are remotely working.
When thinking about maintaining a great company culture, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a time where uncertainty is at it’s highest, people will feel anxious about the future that lies ahead and your employees will need reassurance and their questions answering. Therefore, it’s important to ensure your employees are always up to date with the latest company information and announcements.
With the office closed and not being able to see your employees physically, it may feel like a struggle to communicate with them properly. Luckily, with the power of Oak, maintaining regular contact with your people has never been easier.
At Oak, our digital workplace has a range of features that allows you to communicate with your people instantly and maintain a great workplace culture:
Probably your first port of call if you need to announce anything to the whole of your company. The main timeline allows you to share content of all kinds, from simple messages to images and videos. Users can also interact with content through comments, emojis and likes.
Perfect if you need to send a message to a specific person or a certain group. Messages can be sent instantly, and users will receive a notification once the message has been sent.
You can use this feature to get out urgent company updates to all staff. Once a user logs into the platform, the mandatory read will appear and ask them to accept and understand what they have read. If they decline, they won’t be allowed back until the platform until they accept. You can also keep track of who has read and who hasn’t.
Collaboration and Teamwork
As the old saying goes; teamwork makes the dreamwork. Having a team that works well together and socialises outside of work can make the world of difference to your company culture.
Although it may seem like a challenge trying to get your team to interact with each other when they’re all working remotely, it’s vital to maintain a great company culture. You can do this by promoting social activities and team bonding sessions.
With the after-work Friday drinks out the window for the foreseeable, why not set up team drinks over video call to wind down after a long week. Studies have found that socialising with co-workers leads to higher morale in the workplace and an overall healthier working environment.
Oak can also help you bring your team together through ‘Hubs’. You can set up a hub about anything. Whether you want a place to chat about the latest series you’ve been binge-watching or you want to create a book club, Hubs are a place to share ideas and collaborate with your teammates.
With changes happening to the workplace, your employees need a strong leadership team to guide them through. As discussed, this is a time where uncertainty will most likely be at its highest, so being on hand to answer questions from your team and to give them any support they need will put their mind at ease and maintain a great workplace culture.
Host regular 1-1 sessions with your team to check-in on them, this gives you a chance to catch up on work they are doing, allows your team to ask questions and lets them know that you are there for them when they need support.
It’s also vital that your employees have trust in their leadership team. Trustworthy leaders will drive success, put employees worries at ease and have their employees’ best interests at heart. To maintain trust within your leadership team, make sure updates and important information are communicated clearly to your employees. Keeping secrets and leaving them in the dark will leave your employees feeling a lack of trust and confidence in their leadership team.
During remote working, don't forget to maintain a great company culture. It’s important to your organisation, your customers and most importantly your employees. Good workplace culture means that your employees are more likely to enjoy their time in the workplace and be more engaged in their role.
The world has been turned upside-down recently, and it may seem tricky trying to maintain that strong sense of company culture you had back in the office. But remember, it is do-able however far apart you are from your team.