Don't forget the personal touches
Research has shown that people are more likely to stay in a job if they have close friendships in an office, this still holds true for working remotely. As humans we are all wired to connect with others, so in or out of an office, our desire to belong is strong.. Whilst there are obvious perks to working from home, mountains or a cafe, there is something to be said about carving out dedicated time and space to meet up on an annual company retreat, workcation or monthly team meets up. These in person get togethers can also be a great place to introduce and on-board new starters to the whole team. With the money saved from general office overheads, it nice to pour this back into the people who make your company what it is.
• Exposing employees’ hidden talents and external hobbies/ventures
• Creates stronger bonds between employees
• Providing an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation away from the day to day
• Employees can mindfully evaluate and plan for the company as a whole
• Dedicated time and space to map out a new project without interruptions
• Have some team coaching to iron out any team issues or conflict
• Build emotional intelligence in teams through self development talks and workshops.
The rapid pace of workplace change means that remote working is here to stay. Take the time to get the right foundations in place and embrace technology to help along the way to build the culture you want.