There Are 6 Telltale Indicators that the Culture of Your Outpost Is Thriving

The workplace of our parents and grandparents is no longer the same. The millennial generation, along with the emergence of digital technology, has caused a shift in the way work is conducted. In the past, it was expected that people would be punctual, remain at the office for extended hours and complete their tasks while present in the workplace. Work ethics were usually judged based on the period of time spent in the workplace.

As the millennial generation comes of age and the digital era takes hold, they have come to be referred to as the “Connected Generation” in popular culture. Millennials have been immersed in technology from a young age and are dedicated to embracing digitalization and all of its possibilities. Additionally, their outlook on work stands in stark contrast to that of the traditional workplace; they are not confined to a physical office and instead prefer to be judged on the outcomes they achieve, rather than the amount of time they spend at their desks.

Is it Working?

Businesses are responding to the current market conditions by restructuring their strategies. People are increasingly open to the idea of a modern workplace, and are actively looking for talented employees regardless of their geographical location. This trend is growing at such a rapid rate that some estimates suggest that by 2023, half of the workforce will be working remotely, at least some of the time.

And there’s evidence to suggest this innovative approach to employment pays off:

  • It led to a rise in output. Two-thirds of managers who oversee remote employees claim they are more productive when they work remotely.
  • A survey conducted by ConnectSolutions revealed that 30% of remote workers feel they are more productive when they are able to work from home or in a location away from the office. These employees believe that they can complete their tasks in a shorter amount of time when they are not in a traditional office setting.
  • Of those who do their jobs remotely, 82% say they have less stress compared to when they were physically present at the office.
  • Businesses that allow their employees to work from home save money on office expenses.
  • Saving gas and money on electricity are two further environmental benefits of living remotely.
  • A research conducted by Upwork, a renowned freelance job board website, has revealed that businesses are increasingly looking for remote and virtual employees from around the world to fill their skills gaps. This trend is indicative of the growing trend towards remote working and the advantages this offers organisations in terms of cost and flexibility.

Despite the many advantages of remote working, there are further challenges to be addressed in order to ensure that employees feel included and valued in their role within the organisation. Creating a cohesive and productive environment where each individual contributes to the company’s overall vision and objectives can be difficult to achieve and maintain, especially when working remotely. To ensure success, it is necessary to provide the correct tools and an organisational framework which enables communication and collaboration.

Here’s a checklist of sorts that will prove you have an excellent remote office culture in place:

1. We have the infrastructure in place for extensive communication thanks to our advanced technologies.

The benefits of frequent communication among distant employees and their managers are many.

  • From a professional viewpoint, everyone is aware of where others are in terms of job completion.
  • Leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate their teams, fill up any gaps in resources, and find solutions to problems.
  • It’s the same as having a meeting in the office, except with more opportunity for creative problem-solving.
  • Employees’ social interactions, which play an integral role in creating a feeling of security and well-being, can be encouraged by encouraging casual conversations. It is important to remember that millennials today are accustomed to using a variety of communication technologies, such as phone calls, text messaging, and video conferencing, to interact with their family and friends. Through the use of video conferencing technologies, teleworkers now have the opportunity to come together, share ideas, and build stronger relationships with one another.

There is a wide range of resources available which can be used to create an environment in which staff feel connected to the organisation, and where team working and relationships are fostered. A well-informed manager will take advantage of these resources to ensure that employees feel secure and valued in the company.

2. There are set “check-in” periods that must be observed at all times

It is essential that video conferencing for group meetings is carried out on a regular basis. Managers use this method of communication every day, however it may be less frequent for some organisations. Nevertheless, it is important that these meetings are planned in advance, with attendance mandatory, as it serves as a platform for sharing information, generating ideas and building relationships.

3. Coaching sessions are scheduled as needed

Creating a successful work-life balance and overcoming other challenges may be particularly tricky for first-time remote employees. A savvy and well-informed manager should be aware of how to create a supportive and encouraging environment, in which their staff feel comfortable discussing any issues they are experiencing without fear of being judged or punished. An effective and compassionate leader will foster trust with their remote team and provide guidance through any difficult periods without passing judgement.

4. As often as is feasible, there are options for in-person gatherings:

Organising events like retreats twice a year can help to foster better relationships between remote employees and their managers, as well as amongst colleagues who work remotely from one another. Additionally, holding a national conference which all remote workers can attend can offer more than just professional development opportunities, it can also help to develop and strengthen relationships between remote staff.

5. Comments go both ways.

It is essential to provide remote workers with platforms to submit their feedback in an environment that is secure and free from any sense of intimidation. Just as effective managers take the time to offer feedback to their employees, including via official performance reviews, remote workers should have their opinions and feedback actively sought out and responded to. Doing so has the potential to lift morale amongst remote workers and will help to foster a sense of loyalty and trust, as they will feel that their opinions are valued.

Supreme Dissertations’ CEO and founder, Neightan White, puts it thus way:

Our authors and researchers are an integral part of our organisation, and without them, we would be lost. They are all telecommuting, and it is essential that we strive to maintain their contentment. To ensure we are meeting their expectations, we have created an open and honest feedback loop. This has enabled us to make changes to their working environment and to empower them, while also making our management more effective.

6. The company’s vision, objectives, and updates are constantly shared with employees.

Regardless of the workplace environment, employees of all kinds want to feel valued and appreciated. By keeping remote staff informed of the company’s successes, news and events, it can help to create a sense of inclusion and demonstrate how their own efforts are contributing to the achievement of organisational goals.

At Works, we recognise the importance of acknowledging the efforts of our staff, no matter where they are based. To ensure that our employees are duly recognised, we regularly issue newsletters highlighting their achievements and providing them with corporate news, along with monetary and other rewards. This helps create a sense of unity within the organisation and encourages each of our employees to strive for excellence.

Currently, Telecommuting Is the Standard

As we progress into the 21st century, it is inevitable that the traditional definition of a workplace will evolve. Remote working is becoming increasingly popular, and this does not have to diminish productivity or the preservation of company culture. With the right company culture in place, businesses have the ability to successfully recruit, employ and retain talented individuals who prefer to work away from the office. Through this, it is possible to avoid feelings of loneliness and disconnection, provided the six essential conditions are met.

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