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How to nurture culture, no matter where your employees are

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Want some easy ideas to improve company culture and boost morale? Our handy infographic below provides a whopping 40 ideas to cultivate a strong company culture. 

Many organisations have found fun and innovative ways to strengthen and improve company culture, while boosting morale during challenging times. Here are 40 ideas to get you started:

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Our top 3 ways to improve company culture

While each of these points deserve their own article, we’ve been especially impressed by a few innovative ways companies have improved morale and shown that their company culture could evolve to new levels. Here are some of our favourites: 

1. Linking up communications and recognition

SafeAmerica Credit Union (SACU) launched its employee engagement platform with the goals of keeping employees in the loop and showing appreciation for top performers.

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To ensure employees received relevant information and updates at the right time, the organisation started posting daily blog updates, offering tips for looking after mental and physical wellbeing and important business announcements.  


During the COVID-19 crisis, SACU launched new eCards to shine a spotlight on the hard work being done in difficult times – including “a virtual high five,” “essential strong” and “COVID-19 Heroes.” These eCards live on a social recognition wall to increase visibility and connections throughout the entire organisation.

2. Getting leaders involved and sharing helpful tips

Henley Homes has about 550 employees across Australia. Most employees work in construction and across different display centres around the country, so a large proportion of its workforce works remotely.

Many employees were used to using email to communicate, but that meant inboxes were flooded and getting cut-through was challenging; finding ways to connect and strengthen culture became a big focus for Henley’s People Team. 


They spent some time refreshing the design of the “Henley Hub," making it more inviting and exciting for their employees to log in and read the content. Henley Homes launched an online wellbeing centre to support the team’s physical and mental wellbeing, such as promoting and posting updates about its staff's “Push-Up Challenge”. The team also committed to increasing blog frequency, so employees always had something new to read and learn about the company.

For the first time, they had employees from around the business offering to add to the content — from managers offering blogs on topics ranging from ergonomic stretches to budgeting tips, and everything in between, people are supporting one another by leaning into their virtual community. 


3. Having competitive fun while encouraging binge-watching at home

The concept was simple, the options were endless, and dozens of RGers delivered. We wanted to encourage some creativity by asking RGers to recreate a scene from something they were currently watching, whether that was from a favourite movie or new TV show they were binging. We asked employees to:

 1. Take a picture of the original scene.

 2. Take a picture of themselves recreating that scene, using household materials (we included and encouraged things like pets, children and other family members to share in the competition!)
 3. Share the split-screen picture with the Culture Team

It was extremely entertaining and heartwarming to see just how creative our RG employees can be. We had a special number of entries as well from our RG parents who brought their kids on board for the challenge.

Here’s a peek at them: 


Here were a few of our winners:

dimitar-photo-challengeDimitar Chaushev‍

liv-photo-challengeLiv Hyde‍

ngoc-photo-challengeNgoc Tran‍

pippa-photo-challengePippa Van Praagh

We hope that these ideas have got you thinking about more creative ways you can nurture company culture. The more effort we put into transforming culture, the bigger impact we'll see later. I'd love to hear from you on LinkedIn: Have you tried any of these, or do you have more to add to our list?

Catrin Lewis

As Head of Global Engagement and Internal Communications, Catrin's main focus is to make Reward Gateway a better place to work. Using the Engagement Bridge™ model, she drives our mission, purpose and values while adding sparkle and creativity to our internal communications.

Head of Global Engagement and Internal Communications

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