In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies and even governments have opted to remote work as much as possible.
Remote work is great and essential. It allows flexibility, diversity of ideas, engagement, and more efficient use of time. When your team is never in the same room together, you have to take a different approach to build your company culture.
Nevertheless, remote employees need to have the same emotional connection as they had during conversations about water coolers and snack breaks. Remote work teams that don’t have strong bonds can make employees feel undervalued. This can hinder productivity and prevent team members from contributing effectively.
A study by Harvard Business Review states that “close work friendships increase employee satisfaction by 50%. It further states that “people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be fully engaged in their work”.
That’s why scheduling a virtual team building is a fantastic and easy way to boost your employees productivity, happiness, retention and engagement.
VIRTUAL TEAM ACTIVITY
METHOD OF BRINGING REMOTE TEAMS TOGETHER
Virtual team building is a method of bringing remote teams together and creating a work environment that mimics a real office environment.
It allows the entire team to get to know each other and create meaningful relationships that leave all your employees feeling more engaged and satisfied.
In short, virtual team building is the practice of organizing online activities and spaces that give remote employees the opportunity to socialize and connect with colleagues they rarely meet in person.
MORE EFFECTIVE TEAMS AND A STRONGER COMPANY
Employees who work together in an office naturally build relationships through face-to-face interactions, meetings, lunches and office events. However, remote teams don’t have the benefit of being able to meet face-to-face to build these relationships, so companies need to facilitate these interactions virtually through team building activities and games.
Virtual team building activities help remote workers feel included and connected to their teams and the overall culture of the organization. These activities result in happier, more productive employees, more effective teams and a stronger company.
Virtual team building creates a support system for remote members. It also improves the onboarding process by making new team members feel welcomed and excited. Many of the remote team building games give teams a chance to collaborate on tasks, which is essential for innovation, productivity, and efficiency. Collaborating and problem solving is also a great way to build an atmosphere of trust between team members, meaning stronger relationships and higher employee satisfaction.
Team building is not only enjoyable for employees, but it’s fun for you too. Through virtual team building activities, you are able to better understand each employee’s strengths and weaknesses. This makes managing and delegating tasks more efficient. You are also able to build a relationship with each employee and learn what each employee needs from you as a leader.
Interested in learning more about our virtual team building activity?