We have seen many articles written about team building and various majors you can take to establish camaraderie within the team. The process is difficult as it is and for many team leaders the same comes across as a challenge that needs some skills to tackle. On top of this when you add a dimension of remote working and physical distance to it, you are faced with a unique problem that needs quite a sensitive handling.
When we are working within physical office boundaries, there are ample opportunities to unwind with your colleagues over mini coffee breaks along with much-needed chit chat. Whether it’s the coffee or tea breaks, accidental meetings in the hallway, boardroom get together with like-minded colleagues from other teams, they all play an important side role in building amity between members at the organizational level.
Now, that we are all unexpectedly forced to work remotely as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the teams are made to quickly adjust to the new norm. While there are many challenges at an individual level to cope up with the side effects of remote work, the team leaders are left with the distinctive task of keeping the team together in virtual space.
There are no simple formulas for team building. Each team is unique and every leader has his way of getting them together. But here are some tips to bring the lost zeal back into the team and get them closer even when we are physically dissociated.
1. Online Coffee sessions
‘Let’s go for a coffee!’ is perhaps the statement we all love to hear during our day from our favorite colleagues. We all need breaks to unwind. We all are doing this probably with our family now that we are at home. But at least ones in a week whole team should sit with their freshly brewed cup of hot coffee on a video call and just have some light fun conversation. You can set aside some time each week dedicated to this activity which can serve well to lighten up the mood. Coffee can be a great source of team building if you give it a shot.
2. Conduct contests
We can run multiple contests and associate a price for the winner to make it more authentic. Asking the team to come up with ideas for contests will have an added value. There are various options such as the best lunch contest, best-dressed contest, or indulging in some creative process such as poem writing or drawing. Each individual can contribute depending on his creative ability. The time-consuming processes can be done once in a month. And don’t forget to distribute a (virtual) gift at the end of each contest.
3. Have a Monday-Motivation call
Motivation need not be always wrapped in some hard-hitting, mind-bending messages. It can come enfolded in a light video chat with your colleagues on lazily evolving Monday morning involving discussion about your weekend. A brief chat about the interesting movie you may have watched before you come to more serious topics such as the agenda for the week. This light-hearted conversation at the beginning can set a happy tone for the busy week ahead.
The above three steps if followed with passion and consistency are enough to keep the team in the right spirits. Although, one should be cautious about overdoing the same as it may work as a distraction for some of the colleagues who could be having additional workload for a particular day or week. The idea here is to find the right balance between discipline and fun.
The internet at the moment is flooded with ideas about team building activities for remote staff. And it’s easy to get lost in the information overload. Don’t end up wasting your time researching too much about what game you should play with your team. Rather focus on using traditional mThe internet at the moment is flooded with ideas about team building activities for remote staff. And it’s easy to get lost in the information overload. Don’t end up wasting your time researching too much about what game you should play with your team. Rather focus on using traditional methods to keep in touch and informed about each other’s problems in these difficult times. And as far as productivity and efficiency are concerned, it will take care of itself when you have the right blend of discipline, fun, and correct tools such as WorkMarshal at your hand to manage ongoing workflow and projects.
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