How to Stay Connected in a Virtual Environment
The professional life was going on in a different style before the terms, “quarantine” and “social distancing” came into light. Offices were working and running in the same old way and nine hours a day. But now the story is altogether different. Maximum number of companies have opted to work remotely, and everyone is getting used to it. In the crisis of COVID19 pandemic, almost 80% of organizations have opted to work remotely and “social distancing” is the new normal now. Now there are two scenarios:
There are companies who are running on the “work from home” model since inception.
Then there are companies who have started remote work during the COVID19 pandemic.
For the companies who have recently started remote work, staying focused could be a little challenging as it is not a part of their routine life. It is not only companies that are working online, in fact teachers, doctors, businessmen and many other industries are working in a virtual environment. Now the question is: How to Stay Connected and focused in a Virtual Environment.
Let us discuss a few ways to help teams connect virtually.
Regular Team Meetings:
Teams should make sure they connect regularly. They can fix timings for their daily meetings and discussions. They can use software and apps for meeting. There are plenty of apps that can be used for group meetings. There can be morning briefing, discussions and day end meetings.
Use video calls instead of the phone:
When people see each other, they feel more connected and engaged. Being able to see each other makes them feel that they are together, and they are closer to each other. It also avoids mis communication and also makes everyone on the call, engaged.
Host Virtual Games or Fun Fridays:
If you are a team manager or an HR personal, then it becomes your duty to make the work interesting and to keep everyone motivated. You can invite the team members to spend some happy hours together and give them a theme to follow. For example, tell everyone to wear red colour or tell everyone make tea and snacks so you all can eat them together virtually. You can eat lunch or dinner together and these kind of activities can be done once or twice a week.
Announce a contest:
Again if you a manager or the owner, you can announce an online contest or a competition that will also encourage your workers to stay excited. For example you can announce a writing competition, a cooking competition or a singing competition and also declare some prize for the winner.
This is something that a new and a fresher employee needs the most. If all your employees are working remotely and few of them are entry level employees, then you should makes sure that they are being mentored and trained very well. You can run mentorship programs for freshers and for interns.
Weekly Team Meetings:
In an virtual environment, it is the utmost responsibility of the top management to conduct weekly team meetings. So that your employees do not feel that they are not valued. You must make time to listen to your employees and to address their queries.
To some everything up, we must say that your work might suffer if you do not take care of these parameters. It is not only your employees that need to stay connected virtually. you should use these techniques with your clients and business partners as well.
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