Greetings, Remote Work Tribe! Though we might have talked about a lack of motivation last week, this week is all about improving team morale through company culture. While it can be difficult to replicate on-site company culture remotely, it’s certainly not impossible.
In fact, some companies are hitting it out of the park!
Case in point: Torch cofounder and CEO Cameron Yarbrough. A recent tweet from Cameron really got our wheels spinning.
A healthy culture means even those who aren’t in the C-Suite feel empowered to speak on decisions which affect the whole company. After all, a junior employee is still an employee—and they will be impacted by whatever decisions come from the top.
The comfortability to speak on this issue is a clear indicator that the Torch team has created an open, accepting culture that’s more keen to grow than it is to stifle its employees’ concerns.
I worked for a company where the CEO’s office was down a hallway that had glass doors with a password. This is so refreshing to hear— Brianne Fleming (@brianne2k) September 4, 2020
Cultures aren’t built by a single person, sure, but they can sure be wrecked by one. Every organization eventually ships its org chart, every org chart eventually reflects the priorities of leadership.— Dan Kaminsky (@dakami) September 5, 2020
Leadership matters. Good leaders are proud of the right things.
When asked how he and his team were able to build such a strong culture, Cameron had a rather straight-forward response: ask for feedback. Repeatedly.
We are explicit about wanting a high feedback culture and have built it into our values.— Cameron Yarbrough (@yarbroughcam) September 4, 2020
We also use our own 360 review product internally, so everyone develops the muscles for giving & receiving feedback.
Learning how to give critical feedback skillfully requires practice.
With more companies embracing a remote-first policy, it’s incredibly refreshing to see such an honest, impactful answer from a CEO. But, that’s not all we were happy to see this week! Let’s check out what else the Remote Work Tribe was up to aside from building an awesome company culture.
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This four-legged culprit behind the leg cramp you assumed was caused by overextended Zoom calls.
2. This roster of obvious attributes behind the anti-remote work mentality.
3. Along with this one simple attribute to the pro-remote work mentality.
4. These stages of remote work grief demonstrating why adoption has taken so long.
Bargaining: How about we work from home 2 fixed days per week?— Mike Veerman (@mikeveerman) September 8, 2020
Depression: We can’t seem to find anybody who want to commute to the capital every day… 😢
Acceptance: We should have done this distributed setup way earlier!
5. This unexpected fight to get to the bathroom, even while working remote.
6. This persistent fight to impress dad even in the midst of several Zoom calls.
7. This newly opened position in the feline remote work network.
8. This distant memory of something growing ever so common.