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Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Overview Training sessions and team building activities that involve and engage attendees are a challenge when your group meets regularly. Your participants have different levels of knowledge and need. Additionally, they have different numbers of reporting staff members and the professionalism and experience of their reporting employees ranges widely. Yet, for team ...

Strengthen team work and identify the importance of working together to achieve goals.

Are you interested in holding team building events in your workplace? You don’t have to spend a lot of money nor do they need to be ostentatious or complicated. You just need to create structured opportunities for employees to mingle. You can schedule team building activities in the workplace and in your local community for your employees. Here are 15 team ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

Email each team member to provide him or her with the name of another person on the team. Sometime between receipt of the email and the next team meeting (or some other specified time period), each team member must surprise his or her partner by buying the partner lunch. This will require some undercover research as the team members figure out when the other ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

During your meetings, assign a team member the job of Bingo scorekeeper. Everytime a specific phrase of action is spoken during a meeting, the scorekeeper should place a checkmark in that spot on the Bingo card. The same space may be marked several times. At the end of the meeting, let the scorekeeper report the results to the entire team. Variation Actions ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity is best done during an online meeting to reinforce positive solutions in dealing with the challenges of working together virtually. Break the group into two teams, Xs and Os. Explain to the team that in this game the Xs signify an issue or challenge for the team, and the Os signify a positive solution for the issue. Each team takes turns placing a ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

Spend 5 to 10 minutes brainstorming with your team to generate a list of personality traits and skills that an ideal team member would possess. Use the online collaborative tool to track ideas. Your list should contain items that would be common for any team, as well as traits unique to your specific team. Encourage team members to go beyond the obvious. After ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

In the talent management universe, the new employee orientation and mainstreaming process is known as “employee onboarding.” Keeping in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, your business should make absolutely sure that new hires feel welcomed, valued, and prepared for what lies ahead during your new employee orientation or ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

In the performing stage, the team has a clear picture of the team's purpose and is focused on reaching their goal. This is a great time to inject a little fun, and at the same time, provide a way for team members to continue to deepen their relationships. As leader, kick off the idea by beginning a team meeting with a song that has significant meaning for you. ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Delegate responsibility and authority to people who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Besides freeing up your time to focus on the big picture, delegation also nurtures the next generation of team leaders and managers. You should, however, define the parameters of this delegated power. Make it clear that you reserve the right to intervene when necessary. ...
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