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Harvard Business Review: An easy way to connect with your team members

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Traditionally, managers have been able to personally build relationships with their direct reports, but those days are long gone. Of the 25,000 Americans surveyed by McKinsey, 58% said they have the option of working from home at least one day a week and 35% would do it full-time. Also, when people are allowed to work flexibly, 87% do so. This means that managers have to find new ways to connect with their teams.

If you’re a manager overseeing remote employees, this video conferencing strategy can help you maintain meaningful connections with your team members.

1. Keep It Short

At least once a quarter, add a new meeting to your calendar, or possibly two or three, depending on the size of your team. Upon invitation, split your team into groups of 8-10 people or less.

This is not a brainstorm or strategy meeting. Their sole purpose is to build deeper relationships with and among your team members.

2. Choose a Theme

Giving your meeting a theme helps disengage participants. It can be zoom background, photograph or anything else.

The key is to choose a topic that is broad enough that everyone can relate to it, such as music, travel, or food.

3. Take a Normal Round

Ask each employee to share what they wish they had brought in. You go first, as the leader, you set the tone. You can start with something meaningful, funny, or enjoyable, depending on the mood you want to convey.

When your teammates share, it’s helpful to follow up with a question to move the discussion forward.

By giving people this safe space to share without judgment, you help your employees achieve more from themselves. This will strengthen your bond and make them feel more secure in sharing more serious concerns with you in the future.

4. Be an open book

After each participant has had a turn, explain that this is an opportunity for them to ask you questions or bring up any topics.

Emphasize that there is no one to influence you or others at this meeting. Answer their questions to the best of your ability, avoiding unnecessarily stressful details about work: You want to keep the mood relatively positive and forward-thinking while showing compassion and validating people’s feelings and concerns.

Some people are more introverted and may feel less comfortable talking. No problem, you don’t need to say much. However, these meetings can be helpful for them to practice speaking in front of co-workers. Plus, by giving positive feedback, you can help them build the confidence to speak up more in the future.

Through these small group conversations, you will not only develop relationships with your employees and stay in touch with their experiences and concerns, but you will also help employees connect more closely with each other, a task that Will create a culture where everyone has more chances to prosper.

(Caroli Gearhart is head of revenue at Gympas)

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