As remote work becomes more prevalent, team building for remote teams is becoming increasingly important. As the COVID-19 pandemic starts to move from the current to the past one thing is for certain, remote learning is here to stay.
It’s still important to provide substantial team building and with the right strategies in place, this can still be provided effectively. Keep on reading to find out some of the challenges and how strategies can be successfully implemented.
What are the challenges associated with remote team building?
The lack of face to face interaction
One of the biggest challenges of remote team building is the lack of face-to-face interaction. Without in-person meetings, it can be difficult for team members to feel connected to one another.
To overcome this, remote teams can schedule regular video calls and use messaging platforms to facilitate real-time communication. Encouraging team members to share personal stories and interests can also help to build connections. From here, when teams do eventually resume face to face team building, they will not loose out due to the skills they have developed remotely.
The possibility of miscommunication
The biggest drawback of remote teams is that the team are not in the same room with each other. This in hand results in the possibility of miscommunication, particularly with tasks that require a lot of communication. This in hand could risk a project missing a deadline, or creating a mistake that could be negative for the business.
How can these challenges be worked around?
If all team members are aware of these potential challenges to remote working, the chance of it affecting the team is reduced. There are a number of ways to mitigate the risks, however.
Team members can benefit from undertaking team building activities that are designed to be worked through remotely. For example, there could be online modules that teams can join and they have to virtually present to the rest of the group. Or, a training game could be created where teams can all join in on the game together, perhaps problem-solving a task related to the company. If they are successful, the team could celebrate together online, further increasing teambuilding.
In conclusion, team building for remote teams requires unique strategies that address the challenges of virtual collaboration. By prioritizing communication, connection, and collaboration, remote teams can work together effectively and build strong relationships that drive success.