Building Healthy Remote and Hybrid Teams

To create healthy remote and hybrid teams, you must be intentional about how you interact and the culture that you build.

While this is great in theory, to make sure you can successfully create healthy teams, you must set tangible goals. These goals should then guide the tools and actions for your team.

This might seem daunting at first, so we’ve created some suggested goals to consider implementing in your teams.

Create a space for your team to gather and interact

This doesn’t have to be a physical space (although, in a hybrid team, this may be valuable). Make sure you have a platform that allows and encourages different team members to interact in social and work-focused ways. Make sharing information the norm to help everyone feel more engaged and connected. It’s also important to tailor to your staff. While you may have a physical space for hybrid employees, ensure that a large majority of the conversation is happening in a remote-friendly way to ensure you don’t create a divide between in-office and remote workers.

Allow employees to unwind and de-stress

Prioritising well-being is something often talked about but is much harder to implement. Setting a goal of creating an environment where employees feel comfortable will help you put words into action. You can help create a more relaxed workplace by including scheduled opportunities to socialise, such as online trivia or games with the team, and by creating a culture that respects the line between work and home time.

Create a sense of psychological safety

Psychological safety is an essential ingredient in any high-performing team. It allows team members to work at their best, knowing they have a cohesive team around them that will work together to tackle any issues that arise without the anxiety of unnecessary blame or judgement. It’s something that is often slow to build and can be quick to destroy and can make or break a team.

Encourage your team to continue learning

Learning is a skill that many high-performing employees prioritise. While team members may not undertake formal education, there’s always the opportunity to learn something new through journals, conferences, networking or your internal LMS system. You can help your team to continue to develop by offering them new experiences. These don’t have to be focused on their role; it could be something as simple as an online cooking class that the team can do together to boost team cohesion.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to creating healthy and sustainable remote and hybrid teams, but these four goals should create a strong starting point.

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