Guest Blogger | Danielle Drake-Flam
Having on-boarded remotely as a new hire with CCA Global Partners, I began this full-time position like many of my fellow post-grad professionals —from home and all while navigating a global pandemic. If not for the support of my team members at CCA Global Partners and the technology that was made available, my transition would not have been as smooth nor as positive.
That being said, it’s important for everyone to keep their spirits high during this time as work-from-home can be somewhat isolating. Although we are taught to be independent from a young age, humans are naturally interdependent, too. We rely on our support systems, be it family, friends or coworkers, for comfort and stability during tumultuous times. Here are a few tips and tricks that have kept us connected and motivated throughout this pandemic:
Make video calls mandatory
While we can’t be in the office, thanks to the invention of Zoom, Webex and other video hangout platforms, we can still see each other and conduct meetings on a regular basis. Sticking to a normal meeting schedule via video calls is beneficial to staff members as it keeps everyone updated on the current tasks at hand and allows team members quality face-time. Web meetings are often easier for supervisors to communicate future team projects and facilitate brainstorming sessions, rather than sending a long string of emails that get lost in the inbox.
Schedule weekly coffee chats over Zoom
One of the best ways to keep yourself in check and to continue to feel like you have somewhat of a social calendar, is to set up weekly coffee chats with your team members and colleagues. Catch up like you do in the office, only this time you’ll never have to leave your office chair. Make an effort to schedule a session with someone at least once a week. This will help you both prioritize your tasks, encouraging you to stay on top of things in an effort to make time for you social call, while also providing a mood stabilizer –chatting with people even via webcam can enhance your mood and motivate you.
Check in on each other
Whether it’s a quick email or a work call, be sure to check in and see how others in your workplace are doing. Everyone adjusts to work-from-home differently and while some are natural introverts that thrive on alone time, other more extroverted people can struggle with feeling isolated. Remember to be kind and give grace as living through a global pandemic makes this is a difficult time for all.
Join group chats
Sometimes the best way to stay in touch with your teammates is through a group chat. Easier than follow-up emails, group chats allow everyone to give their input and provide a more relaxed space to communicate with your co-workers. Group chats usually have the added benefit of quicker response time and are easier to share media, too!
Conduct team activities or play games
All of us are missing our daily coffee chats and random encounters at the vending machine --why not fill our lacking social calendar with team building events? Host a virtual trivia night or play a couple of rounds of Pictionary online with Skribbl. Maybe your work team loves the Bachelorette; now’s a great time to start that Bachelorette night you’ve been talking about so set up a virtual livestream to watch it together.
Connect on social platforms
Connect with your co-workers on social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram to keep up with what they’re doing at home. Advancements in technology allow us to be more interconnected than ever, even in a socially distanced world and social media can be a great creative outlet for some people. It’s also wonderful way to keep in touch with your co-workers’ and see their updates on family, pets and daily life.