While some folks are heading back to the office, there’s still a lot of love for the flexibility of remote work. But for those of us working from home full-time, it can feel like we’re stuck in a Zoom dimension while our IRL colleagues are living it up in the office. We don’t want a repeat of the pre-COVID days when remote workers were treated like unicorns – rare and mythical creatures that nobody really knew how to interact with. So, let’s get creative and find ways to keep everyone engaged and feeling like part of the team, whether they’re in the office or at home!
Hybrid team-building activities
First up, let’s talk about hybrid team-building activities. Trivia games, scavenger hunts, and team-building exercises can all be adapted for virtual participation, so everyone can join in on the fun. It’s a great way to get to know your colleagues, even if you’re miles apart.
If you’re working remotely, it can feel like you’re missing out on important company culture and connections. That’s where peer mentoring comes in! Pairing remote workers with in-office mentors can help bridge the gap and make everyone feel more connected. Plus, mentors can help remote workers navigate the ins and outs of the company culture and expectations.
Use technology to bridge the distance
Of course, technology is our best friend when it comes to remote work. Video conferencing, chat platforms, and collaborative workspaces can help remote workers feel like they’re in the office, even when they’re not. So don’t forget to include your remote colleagues in meetings and projects!
Sometimes, you just need some face-to-face time. That’s where in-person retreats come in. Getting the whole team together for brainstorming sessions, team-building activities, and general merriment can help build relationships and create lasting memories. And it’s a fantastic way to meet your remote colleagues in real life!
Finally, let’s talk about recognition programs. We all want to feel valued and appreciated, right? So let’s make sure everyone gets a slice of the recognition pie. Employee of the Month awards, bonuses, and other incentives should be designed to include everyone, whether they’re in the office or not.
With these tips, we can make sure everyone feels included, supported, and part of the team. Let’s keep the virtual high-fives and fist bumps going!