Social isolation at work: a rising problem
There is no doubt that new flexible working trends offer
many benefits, particularly for those with families or studying. However, it
doesn't necessarily work well for everyone. Homeworking or nomadic work
practices are leading to a rise in social isolation in the workplace.
Add to this a decrease in team or face-to-face meetings, and at best you may experience employees feeling de-motivated (or, dare we say it, 'swinging the lead') and at worst, they become lonely and disengaged with what is happening in the business. So how can employers strike the balance between flexibility, autonomy, independence and team cohesion?
"DON'T YOU...FORGET ABOUT ME"
Out of sight can often mean out of mind, especially when, on the surface, things appear to be ticking along nicely. One down side of working remotely is that team members and managers don't pick up on subliminal messages and issues that they would quickly notice when working alongside other colleagues.
Schedule regular weekly and monthly meetings for your entire team. This ensures everybody enjoys a sense of belonging, understands team goals and has the opportunity to share experiences and ask questions.
You might like to consider somewhere completely different
for your meetings, where you can share an activity as well as discussing work
projects. Examples might be a 'talk n walk' or cooking together.
USING TECH TO KEEP IN TOUCH
The plethora of technical communications apps often enable us to avoid speaking to each other! Instead, let's harness technologies such as Skype, WhatsApp et al and use their video capabilities for a "virtual coffee break".
These technologies enable face-to-face meetings, even if we're in another building, town or country! Don't be afraid of tech - embrace it!
January offer: A Winning Team for 2019
Start the new year with everyone feeling they are part of the team, and that they have a valuable role to play! Take advantage of our January offer of a workshop that can be delivered either for a team of managers, or a manager and his/her own team.
A Winning Team for 2019 will help you develop team cohesion, ensure each participant is clear about his or her own role and set team objectives.
A Winning Team for 2019
Cost: £995+VAT for 6-12 people (Reduced from £1450+VAT)
Terms: book and complete by 31 March 2019.
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