In a successful business, teamwork is the cornerstone of a thriving workplace. We all know that in order for your business to thrive, each team member has to not only excel in their own role but also be able to come together with other team members to master an efficient workflow! But what happens to teamwork when you and your team are unable to be in the same room with each other because you’ve been asked to work remotely?
When COVID-19 struck, everyone was affected. Seemingly overnight, everyone went from being out and about to staying home except for essential trips. Many people went to reduced schedules at work or were laid off completely. Countless others had to work from home.
But even during a world pandemic, businesses must move forward, so it’s up to us to use this time wisely. You can’t expect your business to survive if you don’t have a strong, dedicated team steering the boat and navigating recovery.
Technological advancements have allowed us to be able to work together even while working remotely. Zoom meeting, anyone? So, instead of focusing on the fear of the unknown or remote work challenges, focus all your energy on strengthening your team’s work relationships and discovering new ways of collaborating to get the job done.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your team strong while working remotely:
- Encourage open communication. Inspire your team members to speak openly by asking questions and sharing their concerns. Then work toward overcoming them together as a team. Taking challenges head-on and working toward a common goal will strengthen group cohesion, which is important to the success of your business. Don’t forget to validate your team’s opinions and concerns, so that they feel more comfortable having conversations with both peers and managers.
- Use project management software. Project management software like Basecamp, Paymo, or Hive can help you stay organized and keep track of team projects, deadlines and updates on projects with real-time syncing. This promotes top-of-mind awareness within your team and allows for an informed view of all projects happening in real-time within your company.
- Have weekly meetings to help keep everyone focused and organized. Continue communication by having virtual meetings weekly to touch base and check in on the progress of ongoing projects. Keep your meetings interesting by switching things up! How about a themed meeting? Or a brainstorm sesh where every team member is asked to bring an idea to the table.
- Strengthen internal messaging. Come up with ways to help your team feel invested (or reinvested) in your company’s mission. That way, they can convey reassurance and trust to your customers/clients/patients. Also, take the time to hone in on what’s important to you and your brand and make sure it’s represented in your marketing.
- Make time to socialize and celebrate team wins. Reinforce your team’s motivation to work hard by celebrating their efforts and give the team time to socialize. Virtual happy hours have been a popular way to celebrate during this time of working remotely! By taking the time to appreciate the accomplishments you have made as a team, you boost morale and your team will feel even more motivated to continue to work hard for your company.
By working and succeeding together, your team is on its way to forming stronger working relationships, even at a distance, which improves communication AND motivation in the future. If your team is actively working together and strengthening those relationships, you can trust your team will be ready for any challenge that is thrown their way in the future.
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