With a large percentage of the UK population continuing to work remotely, we wanted to share some advice on how to increase your team’s morale and productivity, despite not having the usual team and resources around you.
We want to highlight the importance of remote team building. Team building can have a knock-on effect on some of the biggest issues that remote workers face. Loneliness and a bad work-life balance, these are two of the biggest issues that can affect someone’s work – according to Buffer’s State of Remote Work 2020 report.
Team building activities and exercises have many benefits that you wouldn’t even think of:
- It improves overall communication
- It improves creativity within the team
- Breaks down barriers
- It reveals hidden talents
- Helps team members learn to resolve conflicts better
- It builds up trust between team members
Ultimately, team building helps employees to work better, helps employees to enjoy their work more, and helps employees to realise their potential.
There really are endless opportunities for remote team building activities, whether it’s just a simple catch up, or a virtual social – In our office we had a dart board which the team loved, therefore a team activity we did during the first lockdown was an online darts game. The team went head-to-head in a game of virtual darts which was great fun, and a good laugh.
A great tool that we highly recommended is Microsoft Teams. Not only does it encourage communication between your team, but it’s also an amazing way to increase productivity and motivation within your team. It’s a fantastic collaboration tool that combines chat, file sharing, video/audio calling, meetings, project management and more. Remote working can be stressful, confusing and overwhelming; however, Microsoft teams means that support is only a click of a button away, eliminating the lost feeling that I’m sure many of us feel in home working.
If you would like to find out more about Microsoft teams or in fact the darts game we play, just let us know? What are you doing for team morale right now?