Virtual Engagement

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One of the biggest elements that separate remote teams from in-house teams, are the simple chats that happen on the office floor. These happen so naturally in the office, you might think nothing of them at all – but they’re actually huge team-building blocks. Thankfully, you can recreate this remotely, and there are a few options to facilitate this kind of team building.

Create a virtual office/ break room
One of the biggest elements that separate remote teams from in-house teams, are the simple chats that happen on the office floor. These happen so naturally in the office; you might think nothing of them at all – but they’re actually huge team-building blocks. Thankfully, you can recreate this remotely, and there are a few options to facilitate this kind of team building. Firstly, you can set up a virtual office. This is where your teams log on in the morning and work like normal over video. This means that casual conversation can flow while your teams are working, and employees can feel motivated by seeing each other hard at work. If you don’t feel that this option is right for your team – it might be too large for example – you could try a virtual break room. This would be somewhere that your team members can log in and join over their lunch or tea break, letting them catch up as they would in the office. To make these efforts work, the team manager will need to be sure to encourage the use of these, so the virtual spaces really feel like a community and become a part of the normal remote working day.

Start doing tours of remote working location
A great way to get to know someone better is by taking a quick look inside their home.  Before weekly meetings, ask team members to take turns to do a short tour of their house or remote working space over video. By pointing out some of their favourite items in their home – whether it’s an impressive Disney DVD collection or a well-loved guitar, it helps to paint a picture of who that person is. These tours help members of the team to get to know each other better and allows them to bond over any mutual interests. It also gives a bit of light-hearted relief to the working day, bonding the team together further.

Hold virtual team events
Companies really feel like a team when everyone comes together for team events and meetings. So make sure you don’t miss these out from your remote schedule! With virtual company events, you should run them in the same way as you would a physical event. Have an agenda, a host, different speakers and the opportunity to ask questions. The only difference is everyone joins in over video. This really helps to bring the whole team together and feel proud and excited about the company they work for.

Start a ‘good news’ conversation
It can get lonely working remotely and sometimes you need a little bit of non-work related good news to brighten up your day. By creating a ‘good news’ conversation channel, you give your team members an outlet to share things that have happened to them that made them happy. For example, a coworker could share that they’ve been able to get their toddler to eat vegetables after a long period of resistance or someone has just played a great song and it boosted their mood. Whatever it is, sharing good news can be a great conversation starter and lets teams feel closer as they celebrate each other's small successes.

Encourage recognition
One of the key benefits of being part of a team is having the support of your team members to keep you going, combined with their celebration of your achievements. But you have to nurture this when your team is remote as you’re not there to say thank you in person. Having a reward and recognition platform can be a great way to ensure that recognition becomes a part of everyday life.  When employees celebrate and appreciate each other's hard work, it brings the team together, no matter where they’re based.

Set friendly challenges
A little competition never hurt anyone (or any team) – in fact, it brings them closer together. Set up challenges for your teams to give them a group goal to work towards. A great option for this may be a fitness challenge. Not only does this bring some fun rivalry, but it also boosts wellbeing – a win-win situation! Set a goal that can be easily tracked through your team’s phones. For example, a challenge of who can walk the most steps in a month, or if you are a slightly more active team, it could be a goal for distance ran, jogged or landmarks/treasures found on a walk in the month. This gives something for colleagues to chat about and the friendly competition will bring them closer together.

Introduce ‘show and learn’ sessions
Every single member of your team will have a unique skill or talent that the rest of the team would benefit from learning more about. Create time for employees to take turns to teach their teams something new, in an informal way. Not only does this help to share skills and knowledge around the team, it also allows the team to take an interest in the skills of one another and appreciate their knowledge! This really helps remote team members to get to know the specialities of others, which also allows for better collaboration and stronger results from projects in the future.

Bring the Friday feeling to the whole team
After a long working week, by the time it gets to Friday, most of your team members will just want to kick back with a cold beverage. So why not drink them together! Host this last thing on a Friday so it’s still technically in work (albeit at the very end) and ensures that all members of the team are around to socialise. This helps to end the week on a high and gives everyone a chance to connect before the weekend comes.

“Bring the Friday feeling to the whole team” !!! If there is one single idea to remember this one you cannot miss! But all of them are showing how much we do in the office when we work as a team – Start a ‘good news’ conversation, encourage recognition, set friendly challenges. Becki will find hundreds of new ways to make you feel the vibe of the Superbet Family. If you have more ideas or questions just contact us on Slack under “People Insider – Virtual Engagement”

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