8 tips to recreate teamspirit remotely
How can we re-build and foster greater collaboration when we are not in the office?
Re-cultivating team spirit at your organisation may be pivotal to improving business-wide performance – as companies that promote collaborative working are 5 times as likely to be high performing1
So, how can you re-build and foster greater collaboration as you transition back into your workplace?
Well, the key is to ensure your teamwork activities are meaningful and not inconsequential2 by relating them back to the following:
Do all the members on your team understand and share the same goal?
Do your activities allow your team to relate to one another in order to create productive, engaging cultures on their own?
Do your team communicate effectively with each other?
Do your team know and appreciate each other’s strengths and talents?
Do you publicise and celebrate your team’s successes?3
So, how can you begin nurturing these attitudes and activities at your business? Well, we’ve put together our top tips to help you…
There are plenty of team building exercises that don’t require physical contact. For example, you could organise socially distanced meetings, with time allocated for catching up and connecting with colleagues socially, and then time to discuss each person’s goals for the day.
The past few months have been challenging, and your team may need some additional support. To ensure everyone at your business has access to your employee assistance programme, you could ask for a volunteer to be trained as the mental health champion in the business, or set up a questionnaire that can show areas for improvement and allow your team to provide recommendations on how to make little changes for longer term growth.
Unifying your team against a target (no matter how small) is a great way to facilitate business-wide collaboration. Given the current climate, your business’ strategy may be more reactive right now, but it’s still a good idea to set short-term measurable goals on a weekly or monthly basis.
A survey in 2016 for the Society for HR Management found that “respectful treatment of all employees” was the number-one contributor to job satisfaction.4 To make sure your communications with colleagues are respectful, try to remember these four things when working in a team:
Listen to all of your colleagues carefully – give them your full attention.
Be fair and avoid favouritism – ensure everyone has a chance to give their input.
Agree realistic and achievable deadlines – allocate workloads fairly.
Give each individual on your team credit for their contribution to the project.5
Researchers have found that extroverts are energised by spending time with others, whilst introverts find socialising quite draining, and need time to recuperate.6
With this in mind, confirm with each individual in your team how they prefer to complete their work. If possible, offer members of your team the opportunity to benefit from collaborative as well as independent working by completing tasks and tackling projects both independently and in pairs or groups, whilst still following social distancing guidelines, to help them to stay energised throughout their workday.
It’s likely that your business has a set of values – but are they incorporated into your day-to-day interactions? To build on your business’ team spirit, celebrate colleagues who embody one of your business’ principles, and share their successes via email, or with a # on your social channels.
If you want to foster collaboration you should celebrate it! Budgets might be a bit tight right now, but you can still recognise hardworking teams at your business with direct, thoughtful and impactful praise.
When commending teamwork, make sure that you highlight each individual’s contribution, noting how their unique skills within their field helped you to achieve your goals. You should also talk about how the team cooperated effectively as a group, highlighting how they used soft skills to maximise your results. These include:
Find fun ways to rebuild connections with your colleagues during your break times, whilst keeping to the latest guidelines. Use your lunch-time – it’s the perfect time to catch up with your colleagues in the sunshine. You could even enjoy a socially distanced picnic or a coffee break out in the sunshine.
At Nespresso® Professional, we believe connecting with your colleagues should be simple, easy and convenient, even while socially distancing.
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