It’s likely that your virtual and remote team may not get the support they need. As I often write “Out of sight should not equal out of mind”.
In a virtual and remote team, it can be very useful to provide peer support across the team. This might include things such as:
Mentoring pairs – If there are certain skills people want to develop, is there a way to create mentoring pairs across the team?
Peer partners - A valuable activity can be assigning peer partners across the team on an annual basis. Whether formal, or informal, having a partner people can meet with and ask questions to, can be valuable in sharing learning.
Job shadowing – Another interesting, and valuable, experience can be job shadowing virtually, where a more junior person is paired with a more senior team member. They may shadow meetings virtually and learn more about the behind the scenes work experience by co-working virtually. Consider how you might create a “take me to work day”.
Formal coffee break/meal sharing time – We learn a lot from each other informally. What are the informal pauses you can create for the team? This might involve coffee breaks where people can drop in for a chat once a week or every few weeks, or a lunch time potluck.
Co-working experiences - Where people bring projects they are working on and work together real time on a virtual platform like zoom, checking in at the top of each hour and working for several hour bursts. A session held like this once a month or more frequently can be incredibly valuable in terms of “getting things done” and also supporting learning across the team.
What are the different ways you can build in more virtual connection time across the team? This is critical for building your team culture.
Wishing you the best,
Jennifer Britton - Potentials Realized
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