With fast-occurring and high impact changes happening for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective management techniques are the need of the hour. While employees have been sent home to work remotely, it’s essential to consider the team-building aspects of your business now, more than ever. As employees find themselves working from home, consider the social separation that could be taking place between co-workers. This is common, especially if relationships are already strained.
Amongst some top-notch management techniques, the most integral one is team building. While it can be challenging to implement this with remote workers, it is possible and even a positive experience for the success of your business. Finding extracurricular team building activities and training that support social distancing and promoting team bonding will benefit your company in the long run.
1. Virtual Break Time
Heading with your colleagues after work for a conversation or coffee does not need to end with remote working! Virtual morning coffee, virtual happy hour, and virtual team-time can be spent while working remotely, simply by leveraging the conveniences of modern technology.
Using virtual software such as Zoom or Skype can allow everyone to connect and talk for a specified duration of time. This is a way for everyone to connect, share their thoughts, and bond with each other over non-work related topics. Allocating an hour weekly for teams to connect, talk shop, and share a laugh will keep team spirits up and morales high.
2. CSR Initiatives
With a primary focus on our society’s social side, this could be the perfect opportunity to bring in all the members to think of innovative ways to give back to the community through the business.
It will not only get the creative wheels turning but will also give a sense of satisfaction for everyone involved that they can make a positive impact during these tough times. Community support and participation is needed now, more than ever. Help your employees connect with the community and make a difference that lasts. There are also community service opportunities that will allow employees to meet up as a group, contribute to the local community, all while accomplishing something together.
3. Friendly Games And Competitions
You can also introduce exciting and fun games such as Pictionary to encourage team bonding. It will be a perfect activity for stress relief and promote a great sense of team spirit among everyone. Our pick is the virtual game— Never have I ever: safe for work edition. There are also mobile gaming applications that can be used to create a sense of community among remote workers. Millions play games like Clash of Clans and often require team support and strategy to conquer and compete within the game. These are all viable options, and depending on the employees, you may find other solutions that will be ideal for your group.
Hence, these are some of the most impactful team building ideas for businesses to implement during the pandemic. They can encourage trust, communication, and bond among team members, facilitating greater productivity and success of the business.