Virtual work. Isn’t that where the world is going these days? The inspiration for a company that offers virtual work can be found in many places in today’s culture. In nearly every city there’s a coffee shop or co-working space that breaks the tradition of what it means to work in an “office” space.
In a world where remote jobs are growing at a rapid speed, it’s inevitable that our very own Digitize.AI team members work from all over the world. Here are 3 ways that we strive to build a strong company culture even when our employees are scattered throughout different cities.
1. Foster Communication
Communication is the foundation of a strong company culture. It’s one of the reasons we have a mandatory weekly virtual and in-office meeting for all team members to catch up and stay current with what’s going on with the company. Typically during this meeting with introduce new members, discuss updates, and pitch our article of the week.
Within our ongoing communication, there’s a current of transparency that runs through out everyday work. It’s important that we’re able to be honest at all times. After all, we’re here to help each other as we build something together.
2. Shared Leadership
It’s important what we allow everyone to bring their own ideas to the company while also performing in their professional roles. As Michael Watkins puts it, shared leadership “pulls” and allows us to find ways to involve others in leading the team. As part of one of our values, Trust, everyone is held accountable and to the same standard. After all, we’re a team!
3. Intentionally Involve Team Culture
Let’s be honest, it’s easy to lose the true feel of a company culture when spread out geographically and sometimes limited to a computer monitor. But we do our best at making sure that everyone is always aware of the type of character that we aim to keep behind the Digitize.AI brand. We intentionally seek to create and maintain a strong company culture, with clearly stated values that are the foundation for everything we do. It’s important that we openly discuss our values, and also live them throughout the day.
One thing is for sure, remote work seems to be here to stay. By focusing on communication, shared leadership, and intentional culture-shaping, leaders can still build strong companies even when team members are far away.