September 07, 2021
Foster connectivity no matter where you are.
1. Schedule Coffee Breaks
Just because you’re not in the same room anymore, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some small talk over coffee with your coworkers. It doesn’t have to be a formal meeting—grab a cup of coffee and start up a conversation via messenger. Whether it’s something you saw on the news or a funny story you want to share, find ways to relate to coworkers like you would in person.
2. Brainstorm Together
Working from home doesn’t mean you’re working alone. If there’s a project with multiple people involved, set up time to collaborate on it. Platforms like Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams make it easy to share your screen and brainstorm ideas together. Working as a team is a great way to connect with your coworkers.
3. Share Your Work
With everyone spread across different locations it can be difficult to tell what everyone is working on. Make it a habit to schedule weekly meetings so that everyone can share what they’re working on. This creates visibility on different projects and allows people a chance to collaborate if they see something they’re interested in.
4. Use Video Chat
After staring at a screen all day, it can be nice to get a little face-to-face communication with your coworkers. Luckily, video conferencing platforms make it possible to see your coworkers no matter where they are in the world. Whenever you’re in a meeting, turn on your camera to form more meaningful conversations with your team. Just make sure you’ve optimized your home network for a quality video call without interruptions.
5. Check In
It’s easy to roll out of bed, get to your desk and let the whole day pass by without talking to anyone when working remotely. If you want to stay connected, check-in with your coworkers often. Not everyone enjoys working from home and some people may be struggling with it. Asking, “How are you this week?” can make a world of difference in somebody’s day and build stronger relationships. With an internet connection, the right tools and little bit of effort, you can create meaningful connections even when you’re miles apart.