Using Virtual Collaboration To Increase Moral At Work
Now is the time to improve your virtual relationship skills. Go figure, our kids have been practicing this skill for years. Once the government tells us we have to stay home and isolate ourselves from public interactions we want nothing more than to have this skill mastered and engage with others online.
There is a difference between social distancing and social isolation
Despite the potential decrease in collaboration due to the current circumstances, we must make an effort to continue to build an employee experience that creates emotional connections, teamwork and collaboration.
Continue your routine Before quarantine life, you likely had a routine. Morning meeting, office time, lunch break, afternoon reports, etc. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your routine. Get dressed and ready as if you were going to the office. It allows your mind to perform at its best during the workday, even if your morning commute is just down the hall and to the left.
Overcommunicate the “Obvious” Sidebar conversations in the break room or at the water cooler are no longer the norm, so it is important to overcommunicate what some may consider to be the “obvious”. Conversations that used to happen in passing from meeting to meeting are no longer available. There are different communication methods that we should lean on in this abnormal time, such as: text messages, phone calls, emails, and chat windows. Don’t underestimate the power of picking up the phone and calling a colleague!
Allow for breaks Allow time throughout the day that is dedicated to rejuvenating the mind. Taking breaks replenishes your mental resources and helps you become more creative and productive. Allow your team 10 minutes to step outside and walk around the block to get fresh air!
Engage with your Team Implemented “Coffee Zooms” to encourage engagement between your team members. Coffee Zooms can be scheduled for 15-30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is an opportunity for you to update each other on what you are working on, what you need help with, and the current state of client feedback. Be patient with each other at the beginnng as you all get used to your new virtual platform. It is great getting to see everyone’s faces and feel like a team again!