Remote team members offer several benefits, including cost efficiency and flexibility. But, with a remote team, developing and maintaining a strong team culture can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome this challenge while reaping the benefits of remote team members.

In this article, we’ll provide our best tips for building a cohesive, effective work culture with remote employees to improve your team’s morale and productivity. 

Start with Effective Onboarding. 

The onboarding process can make a sizable impact on your remote team culture. Don’t let this opportunity to set the tone for your workplace go to waste. Ensure that new employees receive the required resources and friendly support during the onboarding process. Additionally, use this time to introduce the new hire to your existing team before they begin working together. Initiating these connections can help new remote team members feel more welcome and comfortable. 

During the onboarding process, also communicate the values that define your team culture to new employees. These values may be work-life balance, transparency, close collaboration – the list goes on. Consider and define these values, then incorporate them into your onboarding process. 

Facilitate Communication Between Employees. 

Remote team members are at risk of feeling isolated from other employees. To strengthen the team culture, encourage employee connections, both professional and social. This may be as simple as connecting your employees through a messaging platform or scheduling a weekly video meeting. Regular team-building activities can help foster valuable connections between team members, too. Including your remote workers in all of your team meetings is an effective way of both making sure they are up-to-date on company protocols, but also making them feel included in the team. 

Acknowledge Milestones and Contributions

When you don’t see an employee in the office, the chance to acknowledge their good work in daily conversation may not arise. So, make a concerted effort to recognize your remote employees’ positive contributions and achievements. This helps prevent isolation and boosts motivation with a remote team. 

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