10 Easy Strategies To Build A Positive And Robust Remote Team Culture

Easy Strategies To Build A Positive And Robust Remote Team Culture

Remote Working — Numbers

Companies gradually realized that a strong remote team could improve productivity and profitability. America expects to have 36.2 million employees working remotely by 2025. And, it is not surprising that 74 percent are willing to quit their office jobs for remote positions.

Why Remote Work?

These tips can guide you to manage remote teams easily and promote a positive environment:

1. Welcoming New Employees

Virtual onboarding process

Ensure team members know the new joiners before the call. Set up the welcome call for every new employee. Make them feel comfortable by having a few team members on that call. Let team members introduce themselves first to break the ice. Make it personal by talking about individual aspects on the first call. Let them have a sense of belonging.

2. Collaboration Tools For A Remote Team

Collaboration tools for a remote team

Communication (Text/Audio/Video) Tools:

Texting is an effective method for better team communication. Urge your remote staff to create concise messages. The receiver must understand the issue or assignment quickly.

Let us find some of the best tools for texting in the virtual workplace:


Microsoft Teams



Virtual meeting platforms promote team participation. Use these video or audio communication tools for remote teams:



Google Hangouts

Task Tracking Tools:

The task tracker tools keep everyone on the right track. Let your remote team manage their tasks more effectively with the below tools:



3. Define A Proper Work Procedure

Explain the project’s goal by designing a project brief before assigning the tasks. Include the following details in the information:

  • Goal of the project
  • Budget
  • Deliverables
  • Project timeline
  • Final plan

Dividing and assigning tasks to each member helps everyone work hand-in-hand. Such small tips will help your company achieve more significant milestones in the future.

4. Team Communication Is Crucial

Benefits of team communication in a remote environment

Communication can make or break teams. A recurring crisp communication process works for any remote working team. Constant interaction with subordinates helps them feel cared for and supported by the management. The team members will feel free to express their shortcomings or issues at work. This culture promotes healthy work relationships and a positive environment.

5. Ensure Transparency

Promote clear communication to ensure overall transparency in the workspace. It allows your team leaders to lead you on the right path. Leave no room for assumptions or doubts.

6. Power Of Written Communication

The members of a team will have different personalities. Introverts prefer text messages to video conferencing. Texting saves time and can be less stressful. Well-crafted text messages are more powerful than you think.

Convey the relevance of writing a clear and focused message to employees.

Noting down meeting minutes record essential details discussed in a meeting. Likewise, employees can make brief notes summarizing their daily work.

7. Working Around Time Zones

If there is no overlapping time to work together, create a template where you can note down your status. It helps the other to start the work from where you left off. You can include the following points in the template:

1. Status of work you did yesterday.

2. Work planned by you today.

3. Are there any blockers?

It helps in effective team communication where the work schedules don’t match. Still, the team must have a system to hold emergency meetings to address any problematic issues.

8. Virtual Water Cooler Meetings

Everyone loves to relax after a hectic work schedule. Organize weekly “water cooler” meetings. Employees can enjoy casual, light-hearted conversations during these meetings. Let them take part in fun online activities or games. It strengthens team bonding.

9. Employee Recognition

Benefits of employee recognition programs in the working environment

Appreciation from the employer motivates the staff to give better results. Try acknowledging their dedication. You will find that they will be glad to work at their full potential.

Provide bonuses and promotions on time to value an employee’s effort. A happy employee is a productive employee.

10. Maintain Healthy Work-Life Boundaries

The elements that create work-life balance

Remote workers tend to work longer hours. It can affect their work-life balance. Encourage your remote staff to have a boundary between work and personal life. Make them aware of self-care. The mental health of employees is crucial. A peaceful workspace builds a positive remote work environment.

Top 5 Successful Remote Companies

  1. Automattic

Industry: Publishing & E-commerce

Revenue: $171.5M

2. 360learning

Industry: eLearning

Revenue: $24.6M

3. Doist

Industry: Software Development

Revenue: $14M

4. Buffer

Industry: Social Media Management

Revenue: $13.6M

5. Zapier

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $140M

On A Final Note

As described in the article, a remote office setup that implements the proper strategy works well. Developing a healthy company culture is essential. Great tech companies like Apple, Red Hat, etc., are switching to hybrid and fully remote work models.

RaftLabs is a software company in Ireland that operates with an entirely remote team. We have successfully built a joyful remote team. Our employees enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

In-person interactions are an absolute must. Remote working can’t replace the trust and esteem that in-person interactions provide. Hence, we as a team meet up with each other at a yearly offsite. It’s the time of the year when we are all under one roof. That’s how we know each other’s personal aspects. We also align ourselves with the company’s goal and mission.

If you are searching to hire a remote developer team for your business project, leave us a message explaining your requirements. Our team will get back to you to have a free technical discussion.

Originally published at https://www.raftlabs.co.



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