Building and establishing cultural alignment across your remote and multi-site teams is a tough task – but as a business leader it will also be one of your most important ongoing challenges.
Here are the four key areas to focus on:
- Communication is key: Regular communication is the best tool to effectively bridge the gap between head office and your remote teams. Use an array of tools to create dialogue with your workers. By implementing regular pulse surveys that collect instant intelligence – you will get an overview of your company’s culture and dynamics.
- Empower your staff to want to improve the culture: Empowered employees will solve problems independently, take ownership of their responsibilities and ultimately drive your company-culture forward. If you want to create a culture of empowerment throughout your organisation, you must first make it clear that you have faith in your workers.
- Manage expectations: Remote workers may struggle to understand your cultural vision. By setting clear and regular expectations you will prevent any confusion or divergence from that vision.
- Be consistent: To effectively sustain all the previous tips, you must demonstrate consistency and regularity with your actions, tone and communications. Ensure that you apply the same standards and expectations to all your workers and communicate them in a consistent way.