While working remotely may help keep workers safe from potentially contracting or spreading COVID-19, it also may make it more difficult for employees to feel a sense of connection with their colleagues.
Even outside of the pandemic, remote work has been a rising trend in recent years, and may continue to become more popular in the future. With that in mind, it is important to understand how you can still feel connected to your colleagues. Help facilitate greater connections within your remote workplace by considering these ideas:
- Start conversations—Try to recreate the kinds of casual conversations that you might have had around the coffee machine or in the lift by spontaneously reaching out to colleagues.
- Make calls—Many conversations can be managed completely via text or email, but just as it may have been beneficial to stand up and walk over to a colleague’s desk rather than send them an email in the past, giving them a call now might help facilitate a greater bond.
- Host virtual gatherings—Consider establishing a regular, weekly call with colleagues to catch up with each other. Try to keep this meeting from being work-related, such as by including games or fun competitions.
- Use webcams—Whether it be during casual chats or formal meetings, encourage others to use webcams. Having a video element to virtual meetings can help make people feel connected.
- Be open—If you are feeling a lack of connection to your colleagues, it is not unlikely that others in your organisation are as well. Appearing approachable may encourage others to do the same.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.