- Should it be video, phone, or on one of the communication and collaboration platforms that you use. Strat doing this regularly at least once a week. Frequency of contact cannot go down! In fact, contact should probably go up for the whole team and its members. Newer employees, those working on critical projects and people who need more contact will require extra one-on-ones. Remember, too, that you can do fun things virtually: happy hour, coffee breaks, lunch together. All these things can continue the connection you had at the office. And there’s ample research showing that virtual teams can be completely equal to co-located ones in terms of trust and collaboration. It just requires discipline.
- People get used to having these unplanned watercooler or cappuccino conversations with colleagues, and they are actually big, important parts of the workday that have a direct impact on performance. How do we create those virtually? For some groups and individuals, it’s will be constant instant messaging. For others, it will be live phone conversations or video conferences. Some people might want to use WhatsApp, Facebook, or any other preference. A leader can encourage those types of contact points for psychological health. People are not going to be able to figure this out organically. You’ve got to coach them. There’s one more thing: Exercise. It’s critical for mental well-being.
- Top three things that leaders can do to create a good remote culture. Leaders should make sure that their team members constantly feel like they know what is going on. You need to communicate what is happening at the organization level. Being remote at home might bring the feeling of extraction from the organization mothership. Make sure to email more, share more…
People will also start getting nervous about revenue and goals, so you also have to make sure the feel like they are all going to be ok.
Lastly, leaders need to make sure that no members feel like they have no less access to the leader than others. At home people’s imagination begin to go wild. So leader have to be accessible and available to everyone equally. While running group meetings, a leader also need to aim for inclusion and balance airtime to everyone feels seen and heard.