• Aidan Willner

Cultivating Connections with Your Remote Team

With technology adoption all but essential in 2020, employees have many different ways to connect with their colleagues and even leaders- be it on slack, teams, email, zoom and many others. However, this can leave colleagues feeling overwhelmed and inundated by messages without feeling any real connection while in their own remote location. While informative communications from leadership are crucial in achieving team milestones, these messages alone do not replace the need for camaraderie and interpersonal relationships.

While communication is incredibly important for improving productivity, some employees still adjusting to remote work seek more casual connections that they would have found if they were still in an office environment. They no longer have the opportunity to chit-chat with their colleagues at the watercooler or grab lunch with their peers in the middle of the day. This type of connection is fundamental in building and maintaining company culture and it’s important that leaders recognize and support this type of connection.

As a remote company from its origins Cheer Partners has always focused on creating this connection while working in a remote setting. While bi-weekly full team meetings serve to keep the team connected and provide an opportunity for leadership to share updates directly with employees, this is only the first step in communicating with our team. The Cheer Partners Culture Committee is an open and inclusive group of employees who are charged with brainstorming and scheduling casual ways for the team to engage and connect. In the past, these activities have included scavenger hunts, virtual happy hours, meditation mindfulness sessions and many more opportunities for a lighthearted virtual connection.

In addition to these fun-focused activities Cheer Partners also instituted a learning initiative that pairs different employees up with one another every month. Each pair schedules a time to meet and share top professional tips or teach each other a certain work-related skill. This offers an opportunity for employees to get to know each other and is a great way for your team to support each other in skilling up. By encouraging employees to come together in a low stake setting, they are more likely to embrace professional development and learning.

The important thing to remember is that employees want to feel connected with their colleagues and creating different ways for these interactions to take place will make these virtual interactions more natural.