Remember those “water cooler” chats that you once had with people in your office? You would stand in the common area and catch up on what you did over the weekend or share the scoop on that new restaurant you tried last night. Although those conversations seemed insignificant at the time, the interactions boosted morale and made your team feel connected. These moments, among others, contributed to team morale in ways that may seem difficult to maintain when you aren’t physically together. Green Apple has been a virtual team since March of 2020, and we’ve learned a lot along the way about keeping everyone happy, collaborative, and engaged. Based on what we’ve learned along the way, here are a few of our tips for improving your remote employees’ morale.
Create Opportunities for ConnectionKeeping your team connected and communicating is crucial when working remotely. Even when you can’t be together, you can create out-of-the-box ways to bring your team members closer together. We encourage you to get creative! A few of the ways that we stay connected include:
- Daily Zoom meetings to discuss work and personal topics
- Virtual happy hours and lunches
- Increased use of collaboration tools, such as Basecamp
- Group text chains to share photos, videos, and stories
- Sharing recommendations for books, podcasts, shows, and movies
- Virtual team-building exercises