There is a seismic shift happening in the way we define work. And, like with any other big changes, some companies are experiencing a kind of “growing pains.” How do you build or develop a company culture in the virtual environment? And how do you transform your company’s culture?
A company’s culture is one of its most defining features. Culture affects every element of an organization, right down to its outcomes. Thriving companies have an equally thriving culture, one that fosters inclusion and belonging and celebrates diversity. When employees feel not just included, but part of something bigger than themselves, they engage more. They bring more and better ideas to the table. Collaboration becomes seamless. And productivity skyrockets.
Company culture used to be treated like something that grows organically through the close proximity of the office. But now, as the distance between employees grows further apart than ever, developing workplace culture has become more intentional. People are starting to consider what workplace habits and behaviors matter to them, or that align with the company’s vision. But jumping the gap between knowing what kind of culture you want and actually developing it can be easier said than done.
Luckily, that is precisely where Fabulous can help. If you’re looking to improve your company culture, this is the Fabulous content we would suggest.
Imagine if every one of your employees had a personal coach in their pocket offering them messages of encouragement every day. That is exactly what Fabulous Coaching is designed to achieve. Users receive three different Coaching messages a day; a word of encouragement in the morning, motivation to focus later in the day, and a relaxing reflection at night.
In addition to inspiring at the individual level, Coaching messages can make for great springboards for discussion at work about the topic of the day.
Circles are Fabulous groups comprising users from all over the world who are working toward a common goal. Different Circles serve different purposes; some are regional while others revolve around a certain habit. In these spaces, users can ask questions, offer advice or encouragement, and hold each other accountable.
Fabulous for Work creates Circles specifically for your organization, so colleagues have a way to connect with each other outside of meetings or the company Slack workspace.
Walking Meetings Challenge
Remote work doesn’t mean you can’t have walking meetings! The Walking Meetings Challenge is a group challenge that encourages those who participate to take their meetings on the road. Walking is good for the body and the mind and a walking meeting can feel less formal and stiff. Working remotely? Hop on an audio-only phone call and you can walk around your neighborhood or on a treadmill from the comfort of your own home!
Emotional Check-up Habit
In the wake of World Mental Health Day, which was last Sunday (October 10th), it’s important to remember just how vital mental health is to a positive company culture. No one can be their best selves if they’re overwhelmed by stress, depression, or anxiety.
Practicing the Emotional Check-up habit gives you a moment to pause, breathe, and check in with your emotions. How are you feeling? Where are you feeling it? Being able to clearly map your emotions on a timeline can help you determine what is triggering them. And knowing the cause is a vital step to learning how to respond.
Master Remote Work Challenge
Finally, Fabulous has a challenge specifically dedicated to mastering remote work! The transition from in-person to remote work can be a difficult one, so we created a challenge to help prepare employees for it. Participants learn how to set their homes up for a productive work day and establish a routine with set starting and stopping times.
When working from home, it can be a struggle to separate work life from home life. The Master Remote Work Challenge helps solidify that line while also providing a variety of tricks and tools to help people find out what remote work habits work best for them.
It’s All About Good Habits
The most important thing to keep in mind about company culture is that the behaviors that compose it are habits. When you make a habit of respecting employees’ work-life balance, taking care of their physical and mental health, and forging compassionate and meaningful connections with them, those positive elements will spread. Leaders must be the change they wish to see in their organization.
What steps are you taking to improve your company’s culture? Tell us in the comments!