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Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

As you bring your virtual team to an end, there are probably some things that team members wish they had known when the team first came together. This activity serves to bring closure and solidify what to do and what not to do as we work on future virtual teams. Prior to one of the team's final conference calls, send out an email requesting that team members take ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Prior to your team conference call, email the haiku instructions to team members and request that they create a personal haiku to share during the call. Haiku is a Japanese style of poem. Haiku have three lines. The first and last lines have five syllables. The second line contains seven syllables. Haiku do not usually rhyme. During your conference call, ...

Encourage the team's vision and develop the life project.

A cinquain is a type of poem and for this activity, team members will create a cinquain to encapsulate their time together. You can incorporate this into one of your final team meetings. Prior to your meeting, split your team into groups of three or four people and email them the Word Cinquain Brainstorming Worksheet. Have each group set up a conference call to ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Procedure Split the team into smaller discussion groups of three or four people. Challenge each group to brainstorm a list of potential obstacles to working together virtually during the lifetime of the team. Assign each group a different theme. Examples of assignments: Email Conference calls Working from different time zones Technology Online ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

In this activity participants react to three professionalism statements by jotting down short responses on sticky notes. Note that this format will work with a variety of topics - simply write statements that support the topic. The facilitator sets aside three wall spaces for the notes to be posted—one area for each statement. After the notes are posted, ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Send an email to one person on your team instructing him to write one sentence to start 'The Story'. Instruct this person to email 'The Story' thread to another person. The Story thread is then emailed to the next team member, who must add one additional sentence and his or her name to the list, then email it to the next person. Team members can count the ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

ProcedureThis advanced version of Virtual Q&A deepens the level of self-disclosure and trust among team members. Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two of these more in-depth questions. VariationsThis activity works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, or other time barriers. Select one or two questions from ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

With the introduction of Age Discrimination legislation (UK October 2006, and consistent with European law), there is an increased need to raise awareness and to train people about ageism and age discrimination. Here are some ideas for activities and exercises which will highlight the issues, including the 'objective justification' rules explaining certain allowable ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Set Up: Post the 8 signs around the perimeter of the room so that they are accessible to the group moving to them. Ask the group to come together to the center of the room for instructions. Overview that there are two parts to this activity. One is a silent/reflective part when we are together in the center of the room and one is a sharing part once everyone has made ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

A handy way to keep track of who's who in your virtual meeting or conference call is to use the image of a clock face to indicate where people are "seated" at the virtual table. In this activity, your team members will go "around the clock" to honor and recognize the positive contributions made by each member of the team. This is a great activity to do when your team ...
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