Since the global pandemic of COVID-19 took over the entire world by storm, the work culture around the world has taken a complete shift. Since the world has become more digital than ever, working from home seemed to be the most viable option for many workplaces. Hence, from working in the office surrounded by their colleagues, people are now working from home and staying in touch with their colleagues for work digitally.
Due to this complete shift in the work culture, here are some suggestions to preserve your organization’s culture during the lockdown as people work from home.
1. Reassessing the company values
New time demand new needs. Now it is not the same old workplace anymore where you could walk up to your manager and obtain the much needed guidance regarding work. Every company has some core values which it promoted among the employees. These core values define a company in more than one ways. Since people are working from home now, it is time to reassess these values and effectively communicate to the employees.
2. Maintaining an effective communication
The world is going through one of the most difficult times in human history. COVID-19 has not only impacted the health of people resulting in the loss of many lives, but it has also costed mental health to many. Many people are suffering through the drowning feeling of hopelessness and loneliness. Hence, it is necessary that the companies keep checking on their workers’ emotional and physical wellbeing to assure they are doing alright.
3. Develop a team spirit
Although team spirit has always been an important factor in the work culture of any organization, but now the need has increased more than ever. Since everyone is going through the same in these hard times, these times are also better than ever in order to promote a team spirit and bring everyone together. Also, working from home comes with its own challenges which can be beaten only through a camaraderie among the team members. Above all, it would be a very wise idea to give them stress management training to be able successfully work in a team.
4. Delegate and empower your team members
Micro managing has never helped any employer although many cannot help doing it. Now that everyone is not physically together micro managing is not the available option anymore. In order to make the work going effectively, it is important to empower team members so that they can carry on their own responsibilities without the boss or employer constantly nudging them about things to do. If people are empowered in their capacity, it will facilitate the higher management and the employers in managing things that demand more attention than simply micromanaging and keeping a track of everyone’s progress. Moreover, there should be individual leadership coaching services to enhance your employees’ capabilities.
5. Providing fun times
As mentioned earlier, the times are turbulent for everyone and hence many people are going through dark periods. It is hence important to keep the fun element alive which can be done through various team activities online. For example, many organizations these days are going for virtual happy hour where the interested ones can be in the same video call and enjoy their drink.
All of these practices combined can help you grow your business.