As more and more workers adapt to flexible work schedules, it is important how organizations are going to use the office to work together. One cannot imagine how the flexible remote work model will become, but one can surely reimagine what teamwork is going to be like. The new team dynamics will focus on how to include in-person collaboration while allowing flexible remote work.
Teams returning to office space will no doubt look forward to camaraderie and collaboration. Onsite team meetings and brainstorming will continue; virtual can never replace in-person teamwork.
Team camaraderie happens over trust and real conversations
Real conversations do not happen over texts or emails. In person, collaboration helps better understanding of ideas and resolves any problem. Sharing personal stories with colleagues during breaks creates empathy, friendship, and trust. When this happens, great teams are built, resulting in innovation and productivity.
Non-verbal communication is essential
We have all heard that statement that says that almost 93 % of effective communication happens with nonverbal cues. Shaking hands brings warmth as even a small touch can bring people closer together. One can tell a lot from postures, body language, and facial expressions. Nonverbal cues play a vital part in the effective discussion because people can see what they hear in group discussions.
Happy hours, conferences, and company retreats
Every employee needs outings, happy hours, and retreats to refreshen from the daily rigors of work. These get together can be for fun outings or for conducting In-Person Team Building Programs.
There will be many full remote team members who do not get an opportunity to interact in person with other colleagues. The team dynamics are important irrespective of which geographical location one belongs to. In person Team building programs helps them to meet their coworkers physically.
In person, events help employees to build relationships. Spending more time helps to bond better. When one meets a co-worker in person after months of interaction remotely on virtual platforms such as Zoom, there is increased familiarity and better understanding when one converses online later.
In the new hybrid model of work that organizations are increasingly adopting, it is important that regular face-to-face meetings with at least twice a year outdoor retreat helps in Team building and Team bonding.
A team that interacts in person regularly builds relationships, better understanding, and more work-related collaboration that ultimately benefits the organization. A team that is comfortable interpersonally will work in such a manner that they are more effective, productive, and successful. Team building activities are part of the employee’s KRA, and many Team managers among them take the initiative of putting together team activities. In any organization, team building activities play a significant role in creating a stronger team of employees. These activities benefits the organizations by improving the confidence levels of the employees. The leadership qualities of the employees are identified and thus help improve the morale of the employees.