Building a Community for Remote Employees

How do you maintain your culture for remote workers?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2019, Carla Harris, vice chairman and managing director of Morgan Stanley, urges leaders and their organizations to begin discussing a plan to build a company culture surrounding remote work.

“We’re moving toward a W-9 and a 1099 economy,” explains Carla. “I don’t think industries and companies are going to be in a position where they can demand that everybody be in the same place at the same time when you have competition saying you don’t need to do that. So then how do you create a culture when you don’t have proximity of bodies?”

The workforce is changing. What plan does your organization have in place to remain competitive for employees while maintaining the culture it has built? Watch the video to hear more of Carla’s perspective on why leaders must begin the conversation about culture-building for remote employees.

TAKEAWAYS
- Companies need to consider how they are building community among their remote workers.
- New talent will expect mobility.
- Community is built through values rather than proximity.

One of the things that companies are going to be talking about it, and definitely not 10 years from now, but they should be talking about it now is how do you create a culture when everybody is not in the same space? We’re moving toward a W-9 and a 1099 economy. So if you really have a lot of free agents for a role and you really do think by crowdsourcing you’re going to get the best ideas, the best people working on something, then how do you create that thing that you think has actually powered your company all these decades, which has been your culture?

So how do you know that when we’re not in the same place? And we’re not going to need to be in the same place because I can’t think of very many jobs where someone can’t do that remotely. I don’t think industries and companies are going to be in a position where they can demand that everybody be in the same place at the same time when you have competition saying you don’t need to do that. So then how do you create a culture when you don’t have proximity of bodies?

Today, community really means like minds, like thinking, like pursuits, like values, and as we get deeper into that definition I think we’re going to have to figure out a way to drive culture.
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Carla Harris

As vice chairman, managing director and senior advisor at Morgan Stanley, Carla is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. In her 30-year career, Carla has had exte...

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