Love the camera: For conference calls, consider investing in robust video conferencing software (Zoom is good!). Requiring face-to-face interaction not only helps your calls feel more like regular in-office meetings but also minimizes multitasking.
Make team bonding a priority so your employees can continue connecting and collaborating well. Keep up a little small talk before you get down to business. This goes a long way to building relationships, making authentic connections, strengthening teams and increasing productivity when working remotely. And don’t forget the fun – try a quick ice breaker at the start of a video call or reserve an hour each month for your team to hop on a video call to do a fun activity, play a game or have a nice chat during happy hour.
Beyond immediate team bonding, give employees virtual opportunities to get to know others throughout your organization. Keep them connected by hosting virtual events and building virtual communities and pods. For instance, offer a range of virtual groups employees can join, such as health, wellness and life hack groups, book clubs and more.
Be sure to get employees together regularly in person too. At Goodway, we bring together local groups occasionally for lunch and coworking. And twice a year, our whole company gathers in one place for a full week of meetings, activities and fun. In fact, each all-company trip always feels like a huge celebration, or like a big family reunion with our extended work family. So much so, it’s not uncommon for employees to take their own vacation time to fly in the weekend before and meet up with colleagues from around the country for shared fun.