It's been a trying time this last year. Every business is doing whatever it can to not only stay afloat, but to keep your team together. It isn't the easiest thing to do when everyone is spread out, communicating through email, text messages, IMs, and Zoom calls. Having a strong team bond is essential to a well-oiled, fully functioning business, and yet somehow it can be a second thought. The traditional outings and events designed for team building are not always a viable option, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything to try and maintain that strong connection between employees and teammates. Through Zoom it is possible to do exactly that. So here are a few ways you can go about building team chemistry over a Zoom conference call.
Remember when you were younger and you'd go camping with friends, make s'mores, and share ghost stories? Maybe you only saw it on television (or told ghost stories during sleepovers). Well, a virtual campfire brings back that fun. Because one of the best ways to build a connection with other members of your team is to break free of regular work and to have some fun with it. Perhaps you decide everyone should pick up s'more goodies and make them over a candle during the video call, or you just have everyone go "around the campfire" and share a little story. Whatever it is, just letting everyone talk and share is a great way to have fun and to build connections with your team.
There are a few of these options around. Whether it is coffee, beer, wine, tea, or even coconut water, there are a handful of clubs that will provide you with samples and then educate you on the tastes and aromas and mouthfeel of these different drinks. With a small sample, everyone can go onto their Zoom calls and discuss what they are tasting, and then have the information either be read after the sample is tried, or before (it can be fun to do it after so then instead of knowing what the drink is "supposed" to taste like, participants can go back and see if they can pick those flavors up).
You don't even need to have a specific class or club service for this. Maybe you just tell everyone to grab their favorite drink of choice and then describe it. They can even describe why they selected the drink that they did. You can learn a great deal about each other from your drinks of choice.
Even if you didn't watch the show, you probably know about it. It was a show where a wealthy celebrity showed off their home to cameras. Well, you don't need to have people show off their entire homes, but maybe show off a specific room, or collection, or item, they are proud of. From a new billiards room to that Star Wars toy collection, it's a great way to get to know someone.
If there's one thing you can say, it's there's never been a year like this last one. It has taught us many things, both as a society and personally. As your business moves ahead you will want to do whatever you can to keep strong roots in your operations while also building strong bonds with your employees. There will be brighter days ahead, but it's these trying times that make everyone appreciate the little things. Be sure to take stock of your wonderful, quality employees, and take advantage of Zoom activities like these to maintain the connections that keep your teams and company strong, creative, and dependable.