Many companies pour time and money into building a positive company culture. They plan picnics, play team-building games, and go out of their way to make sure employees can effectively collaborate, thus forming a highly productive team. However, a pandemic certainly changes typical team-building tactics as employees are required to participate in social distancing in the office, or even work from home. This lack of interaction can hinder the progress of your company culture, but only if you let it!
Importance of Teamwork
Whether you're in the medical field, construction, technology, or a variety of other industries, teamwork is needed to maintain high-level business operations. Building a solid framework of trust between employees is crucial to effectively complete daily tasks. Everything is connected, and without communication and trust, productivity decreases, and businesses aren't able to reach their full potential. Luckily, communication is as easy as ever, even when people have to work from home. Most every professional has access to messaging, video conferencing, a phone, screen share, and more so there's no reason for communication to severely diminish – even in the midst of a pandemic.
Safe and Effective Team Building
Team building may be more difficult to accomplish now, but it's certainly not impossible. Here are a couple of ideas for bringing your employees together while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Some companies have summer picnics, but how do you accomplish this while still protecting your employees? Here are some tips:
- Go to a large park with plenty of space.
- Instruct employees to bring their own blankets, chairs, etc.
- Encourage employees to bring their own lunch.
- If you want to provide lunch, order individually boxed meals so employees don't have to share food or utensils.
- Ensure that employees are spread out at least 6 feet away from each other.
Zoom Knowledge Share
Learning opportunities are always a great idea, especially when employees have the opportunity to share their knowledge on a subject they specialize in. This can:
- Be a confidence boost for the speaking employee.
- Allow other employees to learn a new subject and form trust in the speaker's abilities.
- Help listeners better understand their coworker's day-to-day tasks.
Create a zoom meeting and let the presenter take the reins. You would be surprised by what you or other employees might learn from the presentation!
Show and Tell: Office Edition
Many people who didn't previously need a home office were faced with the challenge of creating a space that will promote productivity. Use your group chat so people can share pictures of their new and personalized home office. Maybe even make a contest out of it for Best Decorated Home Office! As a separate activity, you can also get employees to send pictures of their families and animals. This gives everyone a peek into each other's lives and is a fun alternative to typical meetings or group chats.
Though everything seemed to stop for a period of time, that doesn't mean the development of your company culture and teamwork should also grind to a halt. During difficult times, there must be a sense of unity. When the tide comes in, all the boats rise, so encourage your employees to help bring in the tide and make the workplace (or home office) a better place to be.