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Challenge #1:  Isolation

Let’s face it: You may feel isolated when your home suddenly becomes your office. In offices, you shape your creative muscles by arguing, discussing, high-five, and celebrating together. Or do non-work activities like playing TT, grab a coffee, or go out for lunch with your colleagues. These activities can help develop a strong relationship between coworkers. When you go remote, you don’t have these luxuries. And you focus your time on “work” rather than relationship building and you often feel isolated and disconnected from coworkers.

The Solution: Use tools to make a human connection with teams

 
Today, companies focus on building a positive remote team culture because a company knows that personal bonds formed between team members actually give their company a competitive edge.
<style="display:block">Here are some activities and tools that you can use to foster a positive connection with your teams: Team messaging tools: Use messaging tools such as SlackMS Teams, and Zoom to say hello and check how people are doing. Share fun memes and stupid stories. Virtual quizzes: Use tools such as house party to games and quizzes with team Water cooler conversations: Use tools such as Houseparty and Jackfruit to create a video room for your team and have a random and fun conversation. Play fun games with the team: Tools like Go GameThe Escape Game, and Scavify let you play amazing games and offer virtual team-building experiences for remote teams Team bonding tools: Tools such as DonutIcebreakers, and Let’s Roam let you know your colleagues and form friendships. Peer-to-peer recognition: Missing high-fives from your managers and colleagues? Tools such as BonuslyDisco, and EngageWith to give each other virtual credits to say “thanks” to one another. Movie night: Use tools such as Netflix Party to watch a movie with your team. Employee engagement tools: Employee engagement tools such as 15fiveAssembly, and Culture Amp have a way to keep team members engaged and feel part of the same mission.

Challenge #2: Lack of Work Structure

One of the biggest challenges of remote working is the lack of work structure. With different deadlines, colleagues, tasks, communication styles, and priorities, keeping everything on track and running the entire process smoothly often feels like a battle. You need clear objectives to be productive, but structuring the work is tricky.

The Solution: Regular one-to-one with clear and flexible agendas

For some, working from home is a huge adjustment. Empathize with your colleagues and be patient as everyone settles in. Check-in with your team and employee from time to time with clear and flexible agendas. Ask your remote employees to reach out to you if there’s any confusion. You can also check on their schedule and deliverables, especially if there are any changes. Here are some ways: Organizing notes and ideas: Tools such as Evernote and Ideakeep for organizing important notes and ideas (and share these with your remote team). Managing team goals: Tools such as I Done This and Weekdone to define team goals and manage directions. 1-On-1 remote meeting: Use tools such as ZoomMeet, and Slack for having a 1-on-1 meeting with an employee. Standups: Tools such as StandupsStanduply, and Trooper will keep your teams in sync. Digital Whiteboard for brainstorming:  Virtual whiteboard tools like MeindmesiterIdeaflow, and MURAL will bring your team together to brainstorm ideas.

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