As employee expectations around workplace flexibility continue to grow, CHROs are scrambling to ensure their cultures can support such shifts.
The impact of remote work on employees has been at the heart of how WorkForce Software has approached culture in the last year-and-a-half, says Leslie Tarnacki, Senior Vice President of HR at the workforce management software company.
A successful remote or hybrid culture requires a healthy work/life balance, improvement in processes and—again—empowerment of employees.
“Employees need to feel as if their entire team is working hard together, staying productive and that everyone’s opinions matter,” Tarnacki says. “Having consistent communication and collaboration between team members and managers can help companies achieve this.”
In that vein, WorkForce has encouraged frequent check-ins with employees. They should be quick and consistent and, when done right, can communicate to employees that the company is prioritizing their wellbeing.
Additionally, the time allows for managers and other leaders to remain clued in to potential problems before they impact work.
Giving employees autonomy has also been key to the company’s evolving culture, she says. Apart from offering flexible schedules, employers should be strategic about getting employees to “unplug” outside of their working hours, she says.
This can help create “a positive culture in this new world of work, as it allows them to come back the next day more refreshed and productive, leading to better business outcomes and higher levels of employee satisfaction and engagement.”