Working in the same office space with your colleagues is a breeding ground for collaboration, camaraderie, and shared energy. If you are one of the millions of working professionals who work remotely, you know these effects from working in-office can be hard to achieve at home. The good news is with so many remote workers in today’s workforce, there are a few steps leaders can take to keep a collaborative, energized, and engaged remote team.
1. Random Acts of Kindness
As a remote team leader, setting up virtual charity events for your team to participate in is a great way to help everyone connect socially. Another random act of kindness is encouraging your team to send thank-you notes via an e-card or a virtual shoutout for a job well done!
2. Celebrate Special Events
Celebrating your team’s successes is important. Some companies have recognition programs where employees can nominate each other for special awards and receive a virtual certificate. When birthdays or anniversaries arrive, sending a floral arrangement, gift basket, or other items is a great way to celebrate these milestones.
3. Virtual Games or Mocktail/Happy Hour
Who wants a be on another boring video conference call? Holding regular virtual social events is a fun way for people to engage with their colleagues without keeping things strictly business. Providing a virtual Mocktail or Happy Hour at the end of a day is a creative way to give your virtual team a space to wind down with their coworkers.
4. Check in on Everyone
When you’re working remotely, feelings of isolation can impact your team’s productivity. To combat this, it’s important to check-in with your team members regularly. Sending an instant message or calling and chatting at least once a day can help your team feel connected and heard.
5. Heartfelt Thank You
In times of economic uncertainty, a simple “THANK YOU” in the form of a phone call, e-mail, text, instant message, or bonus is a great way to keep remote workers feeling connected.
Remote workers are still strong contributors to your team. The more appreciation they feel, the more likely you will retain them.