RPI is dedicated helping you learn about and grow your recognition program. They developed their 7 Best Practice Standards
to help you better understand what goes into a great program. Recognition is more important than ever in midst of this global health crisis and RPI’s plethora of resources can help guide you in whatever stage of your program you are in.
Many of us have been thrust into remote work for the first time and many others have been doing it for years. Your team may have a mix of experience levels and you may have found that managing a completely remote team is challenging. In this post, we will focus on how to bring everyone together in a virtual environment.
1. Have consistent connection
Communication is one of the best ways to maintain a positive company culture, so it is especially important to do this when working remotely. Inc says that is important to have these regular check-ins simply to see and hear your coworkers rather than communicating through just email. Scheduling these meetings once a day or once a week can also help maintain structure in your employees’ days. This will help your team feel less isolated in their homes and more connected to their team.
2. Utilize one-on-one connection
Check in with each member of your team and make sure they have what they need. Forbes recommends scheduling one-on-one meetings. When you are in the office, it is great to drop by your team members’ desks and check in — but when everyone works remotely, this becomes more difficult. Make it a priority to have short one-on-one meetings so you’re familiar with where they are and needs they may have.
3. Make sure everyone is speaking up equally
In RPI’s March webinar on emotional intelligence, Anne Loehr, Executive Vice President for the Center for Human Capital Innovation, explained that strong teams have an equal amount of talking among all members. Business2Community backs this up by saying that no one person should dominate the conversation — not even the manager. This helps build trust within the team, so this is a great thing to keep in mind when trying to bond your team virtually.
4. Have a group chat
In an office, there is likely some casual chit-chat going around. This is what many people miss when working remotely. Forbes suggests creating a text or other form of messaging chat so that employees can joke around with each other as they would in the office. If it is all work, employees will not continue to get to know each other. Building those relationships is crucial in a virtual environment.
5. Create virtual hangouts
Build your team with virtual hangouts. Team Bonding has some great ideas for how you can do this. They suggested things such as a virtual coffee meetup where everyone grabs their own cup of coffee and sits down for time to socialize and connect. Business2Community also had a fun idea to create a virtual campfire. Have everyone grab snacks and share stories. You can even have a campfire zoom background! Be creative with your ideas.
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