Maintaining a strong team culture during hybrid working

Posted: 29th June 2022

Hybrid working has atomised our workforce — how do we maintain a strong, cohesive culture among disparate teams?

Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, once said: “Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.”

Airbnb recently announced that its employees can now live and work anywhere in the world. It’s a bold move, to say the least. 

Chesky clearly believes Airbnb’s culture can be maintained while the team are potentially spread around the globe. 

However, company culture undoubtedly risks being watered-down by remote and hybrid working. After all, culture has traditionally been established by a group of people who share the same values acting in the same way in the same space. 

So, how do organisations maintain a cohesive culture while dealing with an increasingly fragmented workforce? How do we make sure people continue to share the same way of doing something with a passion? 

Here are a few ways we’ve kept our team culture strong since hybrid working became the norm.  

Consciously create coffee chat time

Remember all those times you bumped into a colleague while making coffee and had a quick 10-minute catch-up? Well, those incidental moments are gone.

Now you have to make a concerted effort to have those conversations. Is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? Schedule a catch-up chat online with them. It doesn’t have to belong, 15 minutes is enough to check in with each other and keep morale high. 

This could even be formalised into a weekly event for everyone in the office. Why not set up a weekly meeting online for people to chat over their morning coffee. No talking shop, just light fun conversation. 

Call instead of text

We all love WhatsApp, Slack and email for getting info fast and messaging multiple people at once. 

However, we all know how cold and blunt text feels. We respond differently if our friends call and ask us how we are than if they just text us. 

So if you’ve got time and you know you’re not interrupting your colleague, give them a call to discuss that work thing. Five minutes on the phone could brighten both your days and make them feel supported as part of the team. 

Master the quarterly get-together

Besides being heaps of fun, quarterly get-togethers are a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your team spirit. 

Whether you test your team-building skills at a local escape room, play a few games of bowling or simply enjoy a meal together, regular meet-ups bring everyone together in a relaxed setting.

A fun meet-up lets people catch up with colleagues they’ve not seen for a while and reminds everyone that real people are behind the emails and messages they receive at work.

Stick stubbornly to rituals

Traditionally, company cultures developed through people acting out certain behaviours and office rituals together in the same place every day. 

Take time to decide which rituals you’re keeping and which you’re happy to lose. And remember, they don’t have to be the same ones you drifted into lockdown with. You can change them if you want. 

Asking someone to dress in a suit when they’re working from home would be preposterous, but finding out that someone took a client meeting in their pyjamas would be equally absurd. 

So get clear on your rituals then stick to them stubbornly. 

And although daily activities can now be performed from afar, there are still many rituals that should bring people together. 

For example, if it’s a tradition that the team celebrate each other’s birthdays together you might want to make sure this ritual continues. Don’t resort to an online celebration simply because it’s the path of least resistance. Make the effort. Get everyone together and celebrate as you would have in 2019.

“Determine what behaviours and beliefs you value as a company, and have everyone live true to them. These behaviours and beliefs should be so essential to your core, that you don’t even think of it as culture.”

— Brittany Forsyth, VP of Human Relations, Shopify

Ask for feedback 

When it comes to company culture communication is key. And feedback is the easiest way to find out how to improve the culture. 

Ask people who have been at your organisation a while what they miss about the company culture before hybrid working was introduced. What would bring that feeling back for them? 

Speak to new starters too. Ask for their first impressions of the company’s culture. Do they align with the culture you’re trying to create? Is there an element of the culture from their old organisation that they miss? 

Feedback is only valuable if it’s honest. So if you haven’t yet created a candid culture in your company you might want to ask for feedback on an anonymous survey. 

“Our secret weapon for building the best culture is open and honest feedback.”

– Gina Lau, Team Operations, HelloSign

The best of both worlds

A strong company culture unites people, but if people never unite can a culture really exist? 

Technology is giving people greater freedom in their careers, enabling businesses to access talent from further afield, and cutting carbon emissions by reducing unnecessary daily commutes. And for that, it should be praised. 

But a balance must be struck. If there’s one thing we all learned during lockdown it’s the importance of human connection. We mustn’t forget that.  

“The right solution should combine the best of the digital world and the best of the physical world,” Chesky said in his email to Airbnb employees announcing their new working freedom. “It should have the efficiency of Zoom, while providing the meaningful human connection that only happens when people come together.”

Amen to that. 

Want to join us? 

Blacktip Consultancy prides itself on its diverse culture of excellence. And we’re growing fast. So if you like the sound of working at an ambitious company that values your well-being and work-life balance, get in touch.


The construction industry might be the best life changing career choice for you.

Posted: 11th April 2022

You might not have considered a career in the construction industry but it might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Photo by Danist Soh on Unsplash

Construction is one of the largest industries in the world. It consumes up to 10% of all money used globally and is estimated to reach an output of $14.4 trillion by 2030. 

Yet when most people consider working in the construction industry they think the only opportunities available to them are as a bricklayer or an architect. So they quickly dismiss it as an option because those careers don’t match their skills or interests. 

However, the reality is that an industry of such an enormous size requires people with all sorts of skills so it can continue to function and thrive. 

Plus, the industry is almost as old as humanity itself. And demand is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that construction will add over 290,000 new jobs between 2019 and 2029.

So if you’re looking for a stable career with lots of opportunity, construction could be the one for you. 

Are you a graduate or about to leave uni? 

The construction sector offers some fantastic entry-level positions for people graduating university. People with degrees in accounting, finance, marketing, project management and many other skills can find rich, fulfilling careers at construction companies. 

If you graduated during the pandemic and found yourself short of opportunities or doing dead-end jobs to make ends meet while the world got back on its feet, construction could offer a way out. Or if you’re approaching the end of your student days now, construction could offer a way into the world of work. 

It’s not just for men! 

You might have heard the construction industry is a bit of a boys club. And while it’s true the industry is male-dominated, every effort is being made to encourage more women into the industry. 

There’s still a long way to go but many departments within construction companies, such as marketing for example, are seeing a greater number of women taking up roles. 

No doubt there is still a way to go to bring equality to every area of the industry. But, if you’re a female reading this, you can be part of addressing that balance. So don’t hesitate to put yourself forward for roles at construction companies. You’ll receive a warm welcome. 

Show me the money!

So what’s the pay like? 

Giving precise numbers is tricky because there is such a variety of roles and departments. But overall construction pays well compared to other industries.  

Many industries offer good starting salaries and you can progress quickly if you apply yourself. The sector is extremely competitive which means companies are willing to pay good money to keep their best staff. So work hard and you’ll reap the rewards. 

Could your new career be at Blacktip Consultancy? 

Blacktip Consultancy delivers best-in-class technology design and consultancy for some of the world’s leading real estate occupiers, owners and developers. And we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to join our team. 

So if tech ticks your boxes or you like the sound of working for a company at the forefront of infrastructure innovation, get in touch. We want to hear from you. 

We have live vacancies shared on our LinkedIn but if there isn’t something there for you, drop us an email at – don’t forget to include your CV and tell us a bit about yourself so we can get a good sense of who you are. We’re all about finding the right people, so your personality matters as much as your skillset!