Remote work is tough on company culture, but you can take back control
It’s been a tough year. Many of us are working remote, perhaps while juggling family responsibilities. Many of us have moved and work in a different time zone from colleagues. Many of us miss the casual conversations that sprung up easily in an in-person workplace and now feel lonely behind our computer screens.
As a people manager of both remote-first teams and most recently, an in-person team that moved remote because of COVID, I know these struggles firsthand. It’s been hard to maintain our company culture and team morale. In a remote context, we need to be more intentional about creating opportunities for coworkers to get to know each other. It’s even harder for new employees who’ve only ever seen coworkers as floating heads on a Zoom screen!
Creating “how to work with me” documents helps teammates collaborate better and replaces some of the informal communication that’s lost when we’re remote
I built this better people directory so employees can bring their whole selves to work. When we know more about our teammates and understand their work styles, collaboration happens more organically and effectively.
Based on best practices from McKinsey & Company and leading startup people managers, this template has an “about me” section where teammates can add images and text as well as a “how to work with me” section with key questions to prompt important reflection.
I’d recommend asking each person on the team to fill it out and then having a couple people present at the end of a weekly team meeting. It’s a great way to bond with colleagues so we can work together more effectively.
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By Lucy Zhao
As a people manager of an in-person team that moved remote for COVID, it’s been hard to maintain our company culture, especially for new joiners. I built this better people directory so employees can bring their whole selves to work and share their working style to enable better collaboration.