We spend a lot of time thinking about what it would be like to work from home full-time, making our own hours courtesy of remote work. I talked to friends who work from home to know about the pros and cons of a remote company and how I can find a remote job.
What we didn’t talk about was what an ideal remote company or job should feel like working with. Because many remote companies aren’t just great, and you may feel isolated or frustrated to work with. It creates a necessity for all of us to get to know the company’s remote culture thoroughly.
Here we have Ho Yen Cheung, The Founder & Creator of Remo, who has shared about his company’s remote culture values and how they keep their remote culture live always. Let’s take a glimpse from here.
1. Importance of Culture in a Virtual Environment
Ho Yen Cheung, The Founder & Creator, Remo says -
“Culture is an expression of what the company is - defined majorly by the founders or senior management.”
Well, a remote environment has its own limitations of building culture and engaging employees. In their team, they do a couple of things to build an influential culture. First, they would try to create more personal and human experiences.
To state it better, Ho Yen gave an example - he always turns on his video whenever in a meeting or team call. Second, it is essential to continually define your values and keep emphasizing them, whether it is transparency or proactiveness. Further, they hang out with their team (once a week) on their charades app, which helps them bring the team together.
2. Common (and most relevant) Values for Remote Teams
Every remote company has composed some common values to keep their remote culture sturdy. In Remo, they did an analysis of values among major remote organizations. First, the most important benefit for most remote organizations is transparency.
Second, most remote organizations want employees that are resourceful and can act quickly and move fast (whether when communicating or collaborating). And lastly, constant learning is highly encouraged by remote employees so that they are better at being proactive.
3. Transition Plan For Remote Organizations
Ho Yen revealed that they'd developed a highly structured plan for remote organizations to transition to remote work. It includes both quantitative and qualitative data. They have set deadlines, process templates, and operations that one needs to define before starting remote work, and it has been highly effective for them.
The plan covers a wide spectrum of operations - policies, procedures, training, tools, test plans, transition, and more. The entire plan is divided into core phases like creating policies, gathering feedback, etc. that helps remote organizations and individuals efficiently transition to the virtual environment.
4. Conducting Meetings in a Remote Environment
For effectively conducting meetings, whether they are one-on-one or team meetings, the tool you use is a crucial element of how effective the meeting will be. Getting everyone on a Skype call might not help in engaging the team members.
But conducting the same meeting on a virtual platform like Remo will not only engage employees through great visual experience but also create transparency and save a lot of time.
Remo has built-in features like moving across the office space, labeling rooms, and personal meetings to help build an engaging experience for the team members.
5. [Meeting hygiene] How Many are Too Many?
You don’t want to conduct too many or too little meetings in your remote team. It is crucial to set your meeting calendar in place so that you are efficiently utilizing the resources and time. For instance, in a huge organization, C-level executives should have a weekly ‘check-in’ meeting with the managers. And the managers should have a daily ‘stand-up’ with their respective departments.
Similarly, it would help if you defined the meeting calendar in your remote organization according to the size and needs of the team members.
Since the future of work is foreseen as remote and many new startups and existing companies will go remote. From hiring to operations, everything will be a part of the virtual world.
As we are moving forward towards that phase, it is a prerequisite for us to get to the roots of the remote work environment not just as an organization but also as employees seeking flexible opportunities. To get the perfect insights into remote work, join The Remote Work Summit and become a Remote Work expert today. Also, gain insights into Microsoft’s Remote culture.