Building Your Team with Remote Employees
I believe that if you are going to have remote employees you must bring them together for a team building exercise at minimum once a year. When done right, these activities can improve communication, foster cohesion, and bolster morale.
It’s a lot harder to include employees in your group activities when those employees don’t work in the same building—or in some cases, when they don’t even work in the same town!
Here are three quick solution to help you build virtual or remote teams successfully.
Build Rapport One of the disadvantages of being a remote employee is that you don’t get to participate in everyday small talk, like on-campus employees do. Make it a point to go around to each employee, and especially each remote employee, and ask them something about their family or about how their week is going.
Set up meetings off-site. With Wi-Fi accessibility, it’s easier than ever for your employees to spend an hour or two working outside the office—in a Starbucks, for instance. This can be a good way to include employees who live in the same community but don’t come into the office each day. Set up an afternoon for employees to get together in an external location—somewhere the remote employees can be in the mix!
Create a Buddy or Mentor System A simple suggestion: If you have a project requiring two people, encourage one in-house person to work alongside a remote employee. Have them get together over Skype or Facetime to work on the assignment together. Simply facilitating these partnerships can be very valuable to building team cohesion!
Of course, one final suggestion is to contact a team building expert who can come in and make some specific recommendations—and that’s something I’d love to help with. Reach out now and let’s talk about your company culture and team building needs.
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