Government mandated shutdowns, panic shopping, social distancing… our world has turned upside down in the wake of the Coronavirus, (COVID-19).
Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the workplace. Once full, lively offices are now ghost towns with many employees having to work from home because of social distancing initiatives.
In this article, we’ll look at 4 ways to keep teams strong while social distancing, so they can continue crushing it daily!
#1 Virtual Team Huddles
Using meeting video conferencing software like Zoom, Jitsi Meet, GoToMeeting and more, schedule a weekly huddle for managers to check in on their team. Managers can use this time to not only discuss work related topics but personal matters as well.
#2 Remote Team Building Games
Team building exercises are a great way to boost employee morale and foster teamwork. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to stop just because your team is social distancing. Below are three remote team building exercises your team is sure to enjoy:
The Desk Photo Contest— Who has the nicest desk? Have everyone take a photo of their desk, share with the rest of the team, and vote on their favorite. Team members can share laughs, tips and tricks on how to create a more functional workspace.
Play Words with Friends— Keep things simple yet fun with this classic online word game. Separate your team into groups so members have to collaborate. Each player gets tiles with letters, which they combine to create words. The team that scores the most points wins. The only purpose of this game is for your team to stay connected and have fun.
A Picture of Your Life— Like the above game, not every team building exercise has to be work related. For this exercise, have your team take of picture of something that’s important in their private life. This can be anything from a hobby to their favorite blouse. Have them share the photo during a video-conference and describe the meaning of their photo.
#3 Take Advantage of Microsoft Teams
Since most offices use Microsoft Outlook for emails and calendaring, they already have access to Microsoft Teams making for an easy transition. What is Microsoft Teams? It’s an integrated collaboration platform where teams can communicate, share files, create tasks, and video conference in real time. You can even create private channels and chat one-on-one with other team members.
#4 Routine Check-ins
Ask your team to check in with you in the morning via email with their tasks for that day. Then, at the end of the day, have them check in with you again updating you on the progress of that project. This will ensure workflow isn’t disrupted, that everyone has something to work on, and allow managers to assign new tasks and ensure important tasks are prioritized.
Teams can still thrive while social distancing. It’ll take some extra leg work and out-of-the box thinking to achieve this, but it’s worth it. So, put in to the practice the ideas in this list and watch your team become stronger and more resilient.
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