Undoubtedly, cultures in the workplace have been compromised due to the pandemic. Member engagement initiatives have been hard to translate online and communication itself has been hard to strengthen. It has become insufficient to simply “reimagine” company systems – a whole lot of concrete work still lies ahead of such renovation. Notwithstanding the struggles of recovery and adaptation, cultures must still be set in place for the company and its members to fully thrive in this pandemic. To do so, here are a few tips on strengthening organizational culture online:
1. Aim to improve, not to preserve.
The famous company Netflix fosters this mantra into their own culture, emphasizing how cultures must be ever-growing and ever-adapting alongside the changing of times. Companies are encouraged to do more than what has been traditionally done, to seek new innovations for the betterment of their culture, and to detect defects in their ongoing systems. Through such progressive approach, employees would feel a more dynamic than static nature of their company’s culture.
2. Communicate expectations.
It is important to keep employees in the loop about what employers expect from them vis-à-vis the goals of the entire company. This would guide them in their performance in their respective areas of expertise, and eventually help meet the expectations of the company in the long run. Moreover, it is important to establish such expectations, as this would help employees remember what they are grounded upon, especially when times get more difficult and challenges confront them along the way.
3. Celebrate good times!
Not only is holding celebrations beneficial in making employees achieve work-life balance, but it also fosters a positive culture altogether. On an individual level, these can take in the form of celebrations for birthdays and graduations. On a larger scale, the company may also have certain celebratory events for organization-wide joys and wins such as improvements in sales, corporate award nominations, and simple fulfillments of weekly business goals.
4. Embrace flexibility.
Cultures embodying flexibility improve employee morale, and thus, productivity. Not only does this practice help employees cope with their own personal schedules while working from home, but it also makes them feel like they are trusted. Consequently, the trust they feel from this flexibility in time and work schedules help them become more motivated and productive in their work.
Management must take into consideration the different contexts of their employees. Such unprecedented times have amplified the call for employers to ensure that they listen and understand what their employees go through in and beyond their work life. After this process of listening and understanding, it is then important to recalibrate expectations and systems in accordance with the employees’ mental and emotional capabilities given the ongoing crisis.