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.
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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.