Interpersonal relationships with co-workers is one of the most important aspects of work. Human beings are a social species that relies on cooperation to survive and thrive. Social interaction lies at the heart of human lives and society. When employees work remotely, and certainly throughout this pandemic response, they can’t bond with their teammates face-to-face. If you’ve ever done a leadership course, there is ALWAYS a section on team building. Why, because it is the key to surviving and thriving.
Since remote workers are isolated and even video calls are structured and have limited interaction, workers fail to learn their co-workers’ personalities and fail to bond, they may even feel disconnected from their team. Their only communications are impersonal emails, instant messaging or other communications focused on business goals and objectives. How many people started the pandemic on zoom calls using video compared to what your screen looks like now. Most people aren’t even turning on their cameras anymore. This causes even more of a disconnect, making it acceptable to multitask during meetings that would normally have their undivided attention (in-person) and ability to interact dynamically with their co-workers.
The disconnect could possibly lead to lapses in communication and conflicts arising between team members. At the best of times, the Manager needs to take the time out of his/her schedule to manage the needs of their employees. Managing remote employees makes it even more difficult to handle their daily tasks, but also figure out how to connect with their team and promote team connections internally.
Employers can reduce the risk of a failed team dynamic by doing these things:
- Encourage managers to organize weekly video team meetings that include their remote employees.
- Take time for social chat and interaction during the call while maintaining a structured approach.
- Budget funds for team outings that include remote employees where and when possible.
Create and share virtual team building activity ideas with your managers and encourage them to do them frequently.
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