It is okay to be critical of a remote team culture as it is essentially your office environment. Before accepting job offers in the past have you considered aspects of the job outside of your specific responsibilities? Of course you have.
In a study by MIT Nine out of ten CEOs and CFOs believe that improving company culture would increase their company's value. 80% of the same CEOs and CFOs ranked culture as one of the 5 most important factors driving their company's valuation. Company culture does not only improve processes and lower turnover, but it also impacts the value of a company. Looking at company culture from multiple perspectives makes it's importance clear.
Here are some of the pitfalls of building a remote team culture that you should expect and accept as a part of the journey toward an awe-inspiring work culture.
Company culture is not new, and neither is remote work. Combine the two and you just created a new challenge for your leadership team. In order to become a great brand, it is important that your company lives your brand culture from the inside out. Just like your brand, your company culture starts from the top.
Expecting team members to take on additional HR responsibilities on top of their deliverables to find times with other team members that they do not know, then independently organize a video chat using their preferred tool just isn't productive.
By connecting your Google Calendar you opt into automatically being set up for Coffee Chats every week. We will find 10 minutes that are available on your colleague's calendars and set a time for all of you to connect. Connecting with team members on a personal level is essential for remote teams. It allows you to learn about team members that you do not regularly work with. It builds the level of rapport and confidence across the organization and in turn, improves collaboration and productivity.
Some of the most obvious signs that a company culture is toxic are high turnover, micromanagement, and general team misery. Some managers and founders put on a smiley facade and bandaids where ever they can to get you onboard, but it is not long before you start to smell the stench of culture rot.
Setting up custom questions, values, behaviors, and norms are easy with ChatFox. You can simply add or remove any question from our Icebreakers to focus on key questions that are important to your team's culture. Or you can add values, behaviors, and norms that team members reinforce by recommending them in Shout Outs.