3 Critical Components that Strengthen Virtual Office Culture

by Jody Ordioni

3 Critical Components that Strengthen Virtual Office Culture

A majority of the workforce believes that their employers are in favor of a strong culture in the office. However, in lieu of the pandemic, their concern remains whether this culture can be sustained virtually. Astoundingly, 51% of employees who participated in our polls believe that the sense of camaraderie is being lost in virtual office culture. Workers are constantly conveying ideas to improve office culture virtually to their employers. Not many people want to lose the connection they have with their colleagues. In fact, 93% of employees wish to be regularly updated about their company's standing.

Improving Company Culture in a Virtual Office Environment

Even though employees are no longer present in the office physically, it does not imply that employers should not value the effort they are putting in their work. The work of the employees should be acknowledged, and they should be provided an opportunity for upward mobility. According to a survey, 67.5% of employees believe that a strong virtual culture is possible through online workshops and seminars for learning opportunities.

In addition to this, now is a great time for leaders and managers to build a one-to-one relationship with their employees through meetings. However, staff meetings should be reduced to once a week, rather than daily, since 66% of employees believe that they hinder productivity.

It is also to be expected that employees working from home have additional, conflicting responsibilities. 64.5% of employees are of the opinion that if they can deliver assigned tasks and meet deadlines, then their schedules should be more flexible.

Since many employees are not used to working virtually, they expect leaders and managers to reach out more frequently and show empathy and kindness. Leaders are responsible for setting the tone for the company, regarding updates about the company, boosting the morale of the employees, and providing material resources to employees.

What Employees Miss the Most

51% of employees have responded to our survey positively when asked whether they feel less connected to others while working from home. Moreover, more than half (57%), responded that they miss the small talks and interactions that were a part of the workplace. 53% responded that collaborating in person would be better than working in isolation, while half insisted that the blurring of work and home life was affecting them.

Employees do not want their companies to neglect their needs since they are no longer in sight due to work from home culture. One in five employees believes that their mental health is not being considered seriously. Culture is crucial to retaining top talent in the company. Employers should extend meaningful support to their employees. The guidance and learning opportunities that leaders can provide to employees are important to make them feel that they belong to.

Leadership has to Deliver

Unsurprisingly, whether in office or working virtually, the importance of a leader remains undiminished. More than 90% of the polled employees believe that a great leader can shine through even if the working space becomes virtual.

There are certain parameters that leaders have to meet for remote check-ins to be successful, as per the employees. 60% of employees believe that employers should check in on them to ask whether any resources are required. More than half believe that they should be regularly updated on the state of the company since the pandemic has destabilized the job market.

Surprisingly, 78% of employees wish to avail of learning opportunities that would provide them with valued learning and development training, as a significant number have reported that they haven't learned anything new since work-from-home started.

Tutorials or whiteboard sessions were considered the best method for carry-on learning industry practices. Online courses, seminars focusing on professional development, and regular feedback are the responsibility of the leaders and managers towards their employees. Remote sessions should be engaging for the employees.

The Bottom Line

Culture is the building stone of any company. However, it is not a tangible entity. It is a carefully curated set of values, missions, and visions that is reflected through the decisions and the actions of the company. Connections and interactions between the employees bring life to the company culture as they help to create a sense of belongingness and meaning. Thus, even virtually, a company should aspire for strong company culture.

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