As we look at a continued situation in which lockdowns and remote working are the new normal, it becomes more important than ever to keep your team connected. This means keeping them connected to one another as well as strengthening the bond you have with each of them. The following suggestions can help you create deeper connections no matter how geographically distanced you are from your team.
Emphasize Open Communication
In the office, your team could pop in on each other throughout the day or stop by your office with a question or concern. None of that is possible in a work-from-home situation, and it can feel like more of a bother to message someone with a random question. Yet, this is precisely what you should encourage. Be sure to schedule weekly meetings for your team via video conferences. This will help everyone meet up and see each other while also providing an opportunity to share updates.
Make it Personal
During your team meetings, you should set aside time for a personal chat at the beginning of each video conference. You can ask each team member about their weekend or any achievements they’re proud to share. This will help each team member feel more valued, but it will also help everyone stay connected. Since they can’t gather around the water cooler to gossip, this is an opportunity to share the things that matter to them.
Create New Traditions
Even in lockdown, you can create new traditions that are designed to uplift the team spirit. You can host after-hours chat sessions, which your team can use to socialize and play games. For these chats, the discussion of work-related topics should be strictly off-limits. If outdoor weather permits, consider bringing back the company picnic or host a barbecue for your team on the weekends. Safe social gatherings will help you bring your team back together, especially after an extended period spent apart from one another.
These suggestions will do more for your team than just keep everyone connected. When compelled to work from home, many professionals feel disconnected from themselves and face emotional health problems as a result. In addition to helping maintain team efficiency, these practices can also help you ensure your team members remain emotionally healthy.