With so many offices working remotely all over Australia, keeping virtual teams engaged and motivated is an exciting new challenge people are facing. With social distancing in full effect, many of the traditional team building options have been thrown out the window, and virtual team building in lockdown is the way of the future. Or at least, for now.
There’s no need to fret, however. There’s plenty of ways to keep your staff fit and firing in the age of social distancing, and ClassBento has a few pro-tips on how to keep your team motivated and maintain that positive workplace culture that’s taken so long to foster.
Virtual teams need facetime
Although literal facetime might be off the cards, technology provides. Keeping your workplace wellbeing firing on all cylinders requires people to remember their co-workers are just that: people. With your staff all separated, it’s crucial to utilise Zoom meetings for more than just the essentials. A good tip if you’re looking at enhancing your health and wellbeing in the workplace is to implement daily catchups. By offering your staff a chance to chat in a relatively informal setting, you not only succeed in helping them break up the workday, but it adds an element of routine and structure into their mornings.
One of the hardest things to do when working from home is to structure your day effectively. With so many distractions, virtual teams can struggle to stay motivated and focused on the task at hand. Although daily catchups aren’t a fix-all, by offering them a fixed time every day of the working week to get some facetime with colleagues combining a social aspect with professional accountability, the culture of the workplace naturally feeds into their workday. ClassBento pro-tip? Start social and allow your staff to share their personal stories and weekly going-ons before sliding into the order of the day.
Want to make the facetime more effective? ClassBento has virtual team building activities that’ll allow you to take your Zoom meetings to the next level. For instance, nearly everyone’s working for the weekend, ensuring that Friday drinks at the office are always a hit. Unfortunately, with so many offices closed, staff drinks have to take on a new life.
ClassBento has a growing range of virtual team builders - like our paint and sip nights and cocktail classes - so your Friday catchup can be one that everyone really looks forward to. With craft kits sent to each employee’s house prior to the virtual workshop, you can be guaranteed everyone in the staff will be shaking, sipping or painting along together like they were all in the office together, increasing the workplace wellbeing when the workplace is off-limits. By offering your team incentive at the end of the week, you’ll collectively feel the benefits of self-motivating. Drinking in the workplace obviously has both positive and negative effects, but as everyone’s working from home, taking the office drinks into the virtual realm can actually help people relax and unwind.
As mentioned before, getting your staff to stay motivated from home is the challenge of the pandemic. None of us fully appreciated how difficult it actually is to work from home five days a week effectively, but now that we’re all waist-deep in it, it’s about time we figured out how to swim through it.
The truth is, everyone works differently, particularly when left to their own devices. It’s easy to maintain a positive workplace culture that keeps everyone energised and motivated when the whole team are in the office together, but when everyone’s separated, the challenge of it all really starts to emerge. We’re not all fantastic self-starters, but there are virtual team activities to help your colleagues not just stay motivated together, but also remain energised when they’re left to their own devices.
Even with all the Gantt charts and Excel spreadsheets in the world, organising your time is actually a deceptively personal exercise. Different people are more efficient at different times of the day, and sometimes you need an organisational system that reflects the individual, as opposed to the team, as a whole.
Icy Icaro is one of ClassBento’s most sought-after Sydney artisans, and her calligraphy classes are one of our most standout workshops when it comes to team building in lockdown. But it’s not actually for the calligraphy…
Her Learn How To Bullet Journal For Self Care workshop can show you and your team how to organise their time, workload and even aid in their mental wellbeing during this stressful time. Part planning, part self-love, Icy’s virtual team builders give your staff facetime with each other, whilst still allowing them to explore their own creativity, and motivate themselves in a way that works for them. No blanket solutions; just a healthy framework that’s informed by your staff’s own creativity and needs that focus on holding onto the positive workplace wellbeing you’ve worked hard to create.
A final note for virtual team builders
Every team is different, and no one knows the health and wellbeing of the workplace better than the ones that are in it. If you’ve been a team together for a while, there’s a high chance you know what many of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses are, and how to get the most out of everyone to create a truly positive workplace culture. For instance, if you’re an office that never drinks, opting for a virtual cooking class over a mixology workplace may make for better virtual team building in lockdown.
Whatever you choose, ClassBento has a vast array of virtual team building games, experiences and workshops to both motivate and inspire, while bringing you all closer together. Workplace wellbeing has never been more important and keeping your staff engaged with their work is a challenging proposition in a pandemic. But thankfully, ensuring they get enough facetime with each other and are capable of self-motivating should ensure that everyone’s wellbeing at work should stay intact, regardless of where in Australia you’re office is.