How do you make sure your team is happy and engaged in their work?
Regular check-ins and video conferencing help to make a connection in this remote environment. We use 15-Five as a weekly tracking system and health score. This tool helps identify points of frustration and employee health.
Regular check-ins and video conferencing help to make a connection in this remote environment.
What's your biggest challenge as a remote leader?
The biggest challenge as a remote leader is not being able to build rapport in-person. We miss out on water cooler talk and casual lunch room conversations. This is difficult to re-create online so it takes longer to get to know the team. It is also challenging to collaborate and brainstorm.
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We have monthly happy hours with various themes from “Where I come from” presentations to talent shows. We have also had virtual game nights and wine events with customers.
We have done two truths and a lie but generally we start with gratitude and share what we are currently thankful for.
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15Five also allows us to give high fives throughout the week. This is helpful to recognize teammates for going above and beyond. We use slack and have used an add-on to set up random coffee dates to get to know more of the team. We also host a weekly all-hands quick hits call where we give out a flamingo that passes from one chosen rockstar to another.
Resources for remote leaders
Anything by Simon Sinek and Adam Grant.
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