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5 ways to create a company atmosphere even if your business is 100% online
When you think of a work environment you think of a 1 hour break with a coworker or a break room with free snacks, right? What if you were a company that was only online and your employees were too? How would you go about creating a company atmosphere when no one is in the same room or building as each other? Well it's not as difficult as you would think, you can actually do it in 5 easy ways that don't take much time off of your hands
Businesses that are going solely online are becoming more popular as the years go on. 10 years ago it was unheard of that a business had employees but the CEO or manager never met them in person. Now it's becoming more and more popular because you can access a bigger pool of talent and not just what is in your local area. Because of this, business owners are hiring outside of their country because they can usually get a lower rate for someone that knows much more than what you could get locally.
Below I will go over 5 ways in which you can create a company atmosphere even if your business is 100% online.
1. Think about the diverse personalities
Whenever you have employees working in an office, as well as remote employees, you will always have an extremely diverse personality pool. No two people will be identical, even if they are twins. You will have introverts and extroverts within your employees.
- Introvert: Someone who can get the job done by themselves and not need a team.
- Extrovert: Someone that needs to work with others to get a common goal achieved
Now those are just my definitions for this discussion, the actual definitions are a little different lol.
The best way to keep everyone on track is to have something like a skype group or setting up discord (similar to Skype) so that you can all talk together. You can have separate groups for each division and one main one for general discussions and updates.
2. Don't change their work habits
I know that I had an odd schedule when it comes to working online, and I'm sure there are a lot of people just like me. I will sometimes work from 9am to 10pm or I will work from 10am to 2pm and then from 9pm to 6am. If I'm getting my work don, I'm happy
You'll have to figure out what works for each individual person so that you're not stepping on any toes and also so that you're not scheduling something when half of your team is asleep lol. I know that scheduling something at 10am Central time is great for most people, but what about the guy who just coded something until 6am and is now asleep? If you do schedule something, make sure it's 2 weeks in advance and that everyone knows. You will also need to update people when the date is getting closer so that they don't sleep in when they're suppose to be on Skype or Discord.
3. Have Meetups (if possible)
When you're working online and have a digital team around the world, you might not be able to get everyone in the same room at the same time. But on the rare occasion that you can get everyone together, you need to make it a fun time.
I would recommend, if you're making enough money, to have at least 1 meetup each year with your team and plan some fun activities so that it's memorable. After all of that, let everyone be a tourist for the day and have schedule a dinner at night. This will let them be on vacation for the day and they can do what they want while knowing they have to be somewhere at a certain time.
4. Encourage Individual Chats
This is a great way to build up your teams moral and structure. If you're encouraging them to talk to each other by adding one another on Skype or discord, they will learn who everyone is and make their own bonds. This will only strengthen when you eventually get everyone in one room
5. Mention your goals and vision regularly
When it comes to remote teams, having a goal is good, but getting reminded of that goal once or twice a month is better because it will help people stay on track. Working remotely will always lead you in different directions, but if you're reminded of your jobs and goals, you're more likely to stay on track and get everything done on time
You don't always need an office to have an office atmosphere. If you do everything right, you can have the right atmosphere and keep everyone's spirits high by letting them work from the comfort of their own couch. I've been on a few of these teams in the past and some are great while others break apart fairly quick because of egos.
You can run a digital office by letting people be themeselves and only hiring those who will mesh well with the entire team. Hiring 10 people with egos the size of Jupiter won't work because they will always butt heads. Figure out what works, and you will be happy that you took the time to do so
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