By Craig Lauer | April 19, 2020
With nearly the entire nonproduction YGS staff now working remotely, it’s paramount to maintain a collaborative workflow as much as possible. We currently don’t have the luxury of simply stopping by a co-worker’s desk to ask a question, chitchat, or offer a doughnut. As a result, I’ve found that working remotely can create a sense of isolation that can take a toll on team morale.
In my search for valuable insights on how to help our clients during this challenging time, I came across a few webinars that mentioned virtual happy hours as a way to maintain a sense of connection with colleagues. Then I thought of our team, and despite initial thoughts such as “it just wouldn’t be the same,” it became apparent that we could do it in a fun way. (Have you met the personalities we have at YGS?)
After a little planning with YGS Vice President Serena Spiezio, I set up our first virtual happy hour to be hosted through Zoom—and the team responded with a resounding “Yes!”
Twenty-plus YGSers joined the video conference, and it was just what we needed. We commiserated, bantered, shared stories, met some pets and babies, and, most importantly, laughed together (and imbibed a bit, of course). The event created that sense of family and togetherness that we so dearly missed—the morale boost was huge, and attendees are eagerly awaiting the next one.
So, if you’re looking for ways to bring your team together in a laid-back, positive format, spend some time #alonetogether and set up a virtual happy hour. And if you’re worried about awkward silences (luckily, YGS has plenty of talkers) or filling the time, check out some games and activities to engage your whole team.
In a world where so much is measured by numbers, revenue, sales, and time spent, it’s the immeasurable, human moments that can make the most powerful difference.