WFH 101: How to Keep Company Culture Alive

April 7, 2020
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We touched on how the power of Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Slack video seamlessly connects individuals from great distances to remote life, but all work and no play isn’t fun.

It can be tricky to support teams with scattered individuals, but technology is on our side. Professionals are effortlessly living and breathing company culture with virtual coffee breaks, happy hours, and trivia games nights. And, we're here for that.

Let’s explore strategies and leverage technology to preserve company culture, support teammates, and maintain that magic. ✨

1. Spill the tea 🐸 ☕️

If you’re missing human connection, schedule weekly coffee catch ups with your team. Spilling the tea (if there is any) is optional, but here’s an opportunity for those much needed, ad hoc chats about binge-worthy shows, recipes recommendations, and at-home workouts.

Teams that take coffee breaks together, stay together. We love seeing professionals take time to catch up virtually (Courtesy of Twitter)

2. Quarantini time 🍸🍺

One benefit of hosting a virtual happy hour is that there’s no open tab. This is a great way to stay connected with your team, uplift spirits, and unwind from a long day. It’s like going out, but in the comfort of your own home.

It's five o'clock somewhere, right? These professionals got creative and came together for a virtual happy hour (Courtesy of Twitter)

3. We've got spirit, yes we do! 👀🥳

Host a spirit week to heighten morale and celebrate company pride. It's old school, but it's get everyone involved. This is your chance let loose and have fun with pajama, wacky hair, or crazy zoom background day. Who knows, this may become a coveted company tradition.

Matter hosted their first-ever Spirit Week! Each day was a new theme and at the end we voted a Matter King and Queen

4. It. Is. Your. Birthday. 🎂🎈

Since the Shelter in Place mandate extended to May 1, we’re going to be missing out on some office birthdays. Even though you can’t celebrate in person, singing Happy Birthday over Zoom, sending a heartfelt e-card, and lighting up a virtual candle reminds peers that they’re still valued even miles apart.

5. Host game night 🃏🎲

Whether it’s hosting trivia night, calling out bingo, or acting out charades, it’s going to be an epic night. A virtual game night keeps you in touch with friends and family and relieves stress. Also, don’t forget the snacks.

6. Corner time 💻🤔

Do you just miss working around others? It’s never a bad idea to call up teammates on Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Houseparty to sit and do work together. Sometimes working with other can help you accomplish task. It's not an event, but this strategy mimics an office setting.

Matter Office Manager, Melanie, co-works with other professionals to mimic the office setting (Courtesy of Matter ft. Marcus 🐶)

It may seem like social distancing means a lack of connection. Not true, we're all connected now more than ever. Technology goes beyond the idea of carrying out day-to-day tasks. It’s here to make us laugh, scream, cry, and feel loved. It’s not a time of isolation, it’s a time to get creative.

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