Many of those who’ve worked within offices never thought that they would need to work from home. Therefore, staff and business leaders usually created team-building activities centered around being with each other, including activities at restaurants or the movies. What happens when you are suddenly forced to work from home and away from the people you work with? Creating virtual team-building activities can be difficult but not impossible. Therefore the following list includes some of the best ways to accomplish the goal of bringing everyone together, even when they physically aren’t.
Sitting in front of a computer talking about business isn’t the most relaxing of things to do with your staff, but it’s understandably necessary. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up and attempt to make the situation a little better. Having virtual breaks is a great way to break the business talk for just a bit and have friendly conversations. Ask your staff to recommend their favorite Netflix movies or books if that is your thing. Doing this can truly help your staff relax for a bit and create a friendly conversation.
Set up Mandatory Check-Ins
When working from home, it can be easy to do your own thing. This often leaves many to fend for themselves, which then causes an increase in office negativity. The very best way to eliminate this issue is to ask everyone to check-in every single day about what they’re doing and when they are free for virtual meetings. This way, everyone is in the loop, and nobody feels like they’re doing all the work themselves. You may have an editable Google Doc to ensure that everyone is on the same page about projects.
Celebrate the Wins
Just because you can’t get everyone in the break room for a birthday celebration or project success doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them anyway. Take time to celebrate these wins with your staff members. If it’s someone’s birthday, then you could always ship a small cake to their home and have everyone sing for them. Recognize and congratulate a team member that went above and beyond during the workweek. These little things help to create a better situation for everyone during these challenging times.