As the world gets more connected online, we’re seeing an increasing number of groups with team members based in multiple geographic areas. Additionally, with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting most businesses all around the world, most companies have been forced to work remotely. So does this mean team building is no longer necessary or applicable for my team?
The answer is NO! Remote teams are definitely here to stay. New technology and work dynamics will surely bring about new challenges. Thus, you want to be smart and create the support for those new challenges to ensure that your group not only succeeds, but thrives. So we have broken down the reasons why team building is still essential for remote teams.
Building Relationships, Staying Connected
The physical distance of remote work can quickly turn into emotional distance. This may result in team members may feel disconnected, alone or unsupported during times of challenge. And when your employees feel isolated, they won’t be comfortable working alongside their fellow team members!
Therefore, team building for remote teams is vital to create a comfortable team environment that remote workers can rely on. And of course, a happier team obviously leads to higher employee retention!
Aligned and Engaged Team Members
Remote teams may essentially also run the risk of being less aligned on big picture goals like vision and mission. To address this you’ll need to bring everyone together face-to-face, to allow your group quality time to explore vision and mission. Employees will be much more engaged if they feel like they’ve contributed to creating your team’s vision and mission. This deep work is best done when everyone’s together.
Team building activities for your remote team should not be viewed as extra-curricular. Make this investment in your team’s success and it will pay of exponentially.