Company culture is part of what keeps work engaging for everyone. The stronger a company’s culture, the better employees understand what is expected of them and what they are collectively working to achieve. For many of us, it’s been harder than usual to maintain work relationships this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, social distancing doesn’t have to make workplaces feel disconnected. What can your team do to stay connected in a remote environment?

Make Video Mandatory

Early on in the shutdown, video chatting platforms like Zoom exploded in popularity across all business types. The reasoning is simple: video chat became the only way to have any sort of face-to-face interaction with team members. Nearly four months later, this is still true for many businesses across the country. While requiring video chat may seem like a natural reaction, many individuals are still reluctant to make the jump and have stuck with conference calls or text chat as their primary means of work communication. You don’t have to abandon these platforms altogether. In fact, a mixture of all three is a great way to connect with your team and ensure messages aren’t misinterpreted due to lack of visual cues.

Share More with Your Team

A great way to stay connected is to open up about what has been happening in your life throughout the shutdown. It’s easy to feel like we’re in this together when we have things outside of work to bond over. For a more personal feel at work, consider sharing photos of your work from home setup, your pet, or anything else you’re interested in! You may find that it sparks interest from others and adds a little more variety to your day-to-day conversations.

Coffee Breaks Don’t Have to Disappear!

Amidst all of the changes of this year, one thing that we all likely still have in common is our tendency to kick off the workday with a cup of coffee. Before the shutdown, morning coffee breaks were a fixture in many workplaces. While it may seem silly to bring back a ritual that doesn’t directly contribute to day-to-day business matters, the human connection can be really refreshing and energizing. Even a brief group video chat that only lasts a few minutes each week can help keep teams invested and ready to perform.

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