March 17, 2020
With many teams separated and sequestered for weeks amid efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to invest time and energy into keeping company culture strong.
Social distancing is important for public health, but it doesn’t mean we can’t stay socially connected through virtual platforms such as video chats, instant messaging and the usual daily banter that keeps teams healthy and strong.
Here are 5 quick tips for keeping a strong workplace culture when the workplace is flung far and wide:
One way we’re running our business during the shutdown is to meet up as a team three times each day. We use a simple Google Hangouts room and video chat at 8 AM for a morning kickoff to get all of us centered so we can rally around the day’s goals.
We meet again at 1:30 PM to catch up, share progress and ask for support on anything we’re stuck on. We close out the day with a 5 PM video chat to talk about highs and lows of the day, and whatever else is on our minds that we feel like sharing.
Each company or team should test and iterate their meeting strategy until they find the right balance that gives them a sense of togetherness and closeness, with enough time between meetings to make noteworthy progress on their goals and projects.
It’s all about creating a workplace your employees love. Even if it happens to be remote.