It’s different these days without side-by-side moments where the team comes together to brainstorm or to look at a project in progress. Or running into people in the kitchen and grabbing lunch together. The process of checking in has changed and is often clunky. We’re inundated with meetings and video conferences and are worn out from all the digital facetime. Zoom fatigue is real and significant.
Connecting takes longer. It’s more complicated. And time is scarce. But we’re still part of a team even if we’ve often lost the feel of a team.
These days I’m scheduling check-ins and often doing them without a specific project to check on. The projects are paramount—they’re why we have jobs. But I’m trying to pay more attention to the bigger picture of growing people, developing strength. Knowing their big picture helps me understand how to motivate someone to work toward our big picture.
Find out what your people want to do, what they want to learn, what they care about. And then connect them with opportunities and with other people. In these officeless days, I’ve been working on connecting people who might otherwise not meet and trying to create as many teaching and learning moments as possible. You know what people are good at. Give them opportunities to teach and connect them with those who are eager to learn.
Strong teams deliver strong work. The short story is that we can all continue to help each other grow and learn despite working remotely. Continuing to connect and developing new connections are the keys to making for better (remote) work.