More companies seem to be seeking a happy medium between their employee’s desires to work from home and their own efforts to keep workers on-site. The results are hybrid work models, where employees are required to be in the office one or two days a week. Today, 74% of U.S. companies are using or plan to use a hybrid work model. But employers wonder how to build company culture when workers are away from the office. Here are some tips that will help you build a better culture no matter where your employees are working.
Tips for Building A Better Hybrid Work Culture
A hybrid workplace, where employees work both in the office and remotely, can present challenges when it comes to building company culture. However, there are several ways to build a strong company culture in a hybrid workplace:
- Establish clear communication channels: Ensure there are clear communication channels in place, including chat for immediate conversations, email, and video conferencing so your teams can see each other even if they’re working remotely that day. These tools help facilitate communication and collaboration between remote and in-office employees.
- Foster a sense of community: Try to create opportunities for employees to interact and build relationships virtually and in person. These bonding events could include virtual and on-site events. It also helps to celebrate employee milestones or form committees to help keep employees interacting.
- Set clear expectations: When employees are remote, setting clear expectations is more critical. When are they required to be on the clock? Can they work into the evening if they prefer when they’re home? What about responding to an after-hours Slack message or email? Ensure everyone is on the same page about what is expected to avoid any miscommunications or hard feelings between employees
- Emphasize the company’s mission and values: Employees want to be engaged in the success of the organization. But do they understand how their work connects to your mission and values? Reinforce the “why” behind the work to create a sense of purpose and shared goals.
- Recognize and reward employee achievements: Create camaraderie between teams and departments by celebrating employee achievements and contributions to the company. Your efforts to celebrate big and small wins will help boost morale and foster a sense of pride and loyalty.
- Invest in technology tools: Make sure you give your teams the tools they need to exist within a hybrid work model. Consider what tools they’ll need when working from home versus what they’ll need in the office. Make sure everyone is on an equal footing and can work together effectively.
- Provide opportunities for learning and development: Give your employees something to work for by offering opportunities for new skills development. Training programs, mentorship, and on-the-job learning can help employees feel valued and invested in the company’s success.
Building a corporate culture under a hybrid work model isn’t hard, but it does take effort. PrideStaff Thousand Oaks can help by providing you with a solid pool of candidates who fit the culture you’re trying to build. Talk with our team today about how we can help you build the kind of business you’ve been dreaming about.