INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - With many people working remotely because of coronavirus, it can be easy to lose connection with coworkers. This lack of connection builds a lack of empathy for what others are going through.
Garrett Mintz, who helps companies break through employee communication barriers, explains how we can keep a company's culture while working remotely.
For Employers: • Company culture is based on connection and a sense of identity employees have of being a member of the company • Creating time for employees to have horizontal mentorships can help keep that connection while they are remote • Horizontal mentorships are when two people are constantly curious, open to the idea of learning from each other and providing wisdom and sharing the obstacles they face on a regular basis, creating empathy and connection between two people
For Employees: • Carve time to intentionally have conversations with other employees, especially outside of your department, to learn about the obstacles they are facing and share the obstacles you are facing in your work • Create an agenda and share that agenda with the other person about what you would like to discuss - it can be work-related but shouldn't be task-related • Keep the conversations going every month - you will feel a greater connection to your company and fulfillment from your work when you have more people who understand the obstacles you are facing and you will have less frustration with other people when you understand the obstacles they are facing.