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Workers crave a sense of authentic connection with others and the best way to do that is by bringing people together in person. But it's not always a viable alternative.
One way to do that is to try to give everyone the same day off, give people a “theme” for an activity of their choosing on that day, and find a way for the team to share their adventures. This could be during a team call or a shared photo library.
A co-located office develops its own personality through inside jokes, shared experiences, and a collaborative environment. A remote team needs to develop something similar.
Creating specific Slack channels based on interests and book clubs where the company funds the books are the easiest ways to do this for remote workers.
Weekly video check-ins or catch-ups are fantastic ways to create a sense of community and belongingness:
Research indicates that successful teams foster “psychological safety”. This is a culture characterized by interpersonal trust and mutual respect, where people are comfortable being themselves.
Teams with psychological safety are more creative. They’re more trusting. They’re more innovative. And most of all, they’re more connected.
... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:
Hanlon's razor refers to the idea that we should always assume ignorance before malice. This is especially important in situations where you're missing context.
If you're communicating via text with co-workers who are multiple time zones away, try to always assume ignorance before malice if you have a misunderstanding.
These few weekly half-hours small talk make work more enjoyable. Communication barriers are lowered and channels smoothened.
Mutual reliance, understanding, and coordination increase. Slowing down and making social time helps people be better teammates.