Finding a deeper connection with the individuals you work with has become increasingly important in the remote workplace. But making connections virtually can be difficult, especially if you’ve recently started a new job or joined a new remote team. While Zoom happy hours and gatherings may have you feeling burnt out, we’re sharing five ways that you can meaningfully connect with your remote team moving forward!
While your team may be operating from a remote or hybrid work set-up, having clear and open communication can make all the difference when it comes to feeling connected. Checking in with your teammates, whether via Zoom, Slack, or Teams can help you feel less isolated and increase motivation throughout the day. Meaningful conversations, whether personal or professional, can bridge the gap that physical distance may impose.
Pick a Time and Place
Socializing can have a major impact on our day-to-day, and as more people begin to feel comfortable with in-person interactions, we recommend setting a time to meet up with your team in real life. Scheduling an in-person meeting, grabbing coffee, or having a team dinner can help improve connections and give the members of your team a chance to get to know one another on a deeper level. Plus, setting up a time to meet outside of the virtual space allows you to take a much-needed screen break during the day.
Tap into Activity
For remote teams that are geographically separated or prefer to connect virtually, we recommend setting time aside for activities that don’t involve strictly work-related discussions. Finding time to disconnect from the topics of nine to five can allow you to get to know your coworkers on a more personal level while also giving you the opportunity to partake in a fun event like you would in a pre-pandemic workplace. Virtual escape rooms, wine tastings, paint nights, and/or trivia sessions are all great ways to come together for an engaging activity that doesn’t involve work.
While working remotely, it can be easy to fall into a non-stop work grind – one that leads to burnout and feelings of isolation. To avoid this from happening, we recommend scheduling time with your manager or supervisor to discuss things such as workload, temperature checks (i.e., mental health/feelings), and how you are feeling in your position overall. This will give you time to share any frustrations, discuss the direction you would like to move in, and allow time for you to build a stronger connection with your manager. Having this regularly scheduled touch base can also help to ease anxiety and keep you feeling focused on what lies ahead.
Spark Curiosity & Upskill as a Team
A great way to feel more connected to your co-workers remotely and level-up your own skillset is to set a monthly meeting to discuss a topic core to your team’s function. For example, you can share a long-form article once a month and come together as a group to discuss the findings. This can be a great way to not only learn more about how your co-workers think and feel, but can also help you continue to grow and stay motivated within your position.
Working remotely doesn’t have to mean working alone. Establishing new connections with your team and coworkers can help make you feel more connected to the organization as a whole, leaving you feeling more fulfilled and in touch with those you work with on a daily basis. For more tips on remote work and the future of the workplace, click here!