Virtual team bonding
Your team works virtually. The team members are dispersed over several culturally diverse countries and are working on a few other projects at the same time. It’s quite an effort to get them aligned and focused on the team work. Sometimes you have the feeling that some team members contribute less or are less engaged. You try to push harder to get the expected results but that does not work either. In such cases it is quite beneficial arrange in-person meetings and face-to-face discussions. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.
This is the perfect time to set up a virtual team building meeting. During team building session your team will have a chance to interact as real team-mates and develop more trust, cohesion and team spirit. With it you’ll put some extra oil into your team engine to help it run better and promote an enhanced relationship between the team members. As result, you virtual colleagues will like each other better, and as consequence they will start supporting each other like real peers and your project will suddenly be running in a much easier and efficient way. In space of a few weeks you can repeat the exercise to maintain the right team atmosphere. The session helps in developing trust, creating involvement and team spirit, increasing awareness of strong and weak areas of each team member, which ensures better work results and growth of creativity. This session is the best investment not only at the beginning of collaboration, but if done regularly it will ensure cohesion and alignment.
What results you can expect after team building session?
- Team members are more energized and feel more comfortable in talking with their team mates and sharing more private information, thus starting to initiate more private conversations
- team members are more comfortable with asking for help/clarification/debriefing about information they didn’t understand or didn’t receive
- team members start to like each other more because of finding similarities between themselves
- team members start to realize potential strengths of their team mates because of information about their hobbies, interests, etc.
- team members are more likely to “forgive” and “let go” some communication issues that occur and blame them on virtual communication than on the person (decreased stress levels resulting inless conflicts)
- the team spirit starts to grow – the trust level increases
Don’t hesitate to schedule full of activities for the next conference call or virtual team meeting.