BUILDING SOMETHING TOGETHER, FROM A DISTANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF DIGITAL TEAM BUILDING

Vinhood editors

ragazzo che sta partecipando a un team building digitale a tema vino

During these extremely challenging times, for the common good we’re depriving ourselves of many social activities. But, while we only go out when it’s absolutely essential (postponing dinners, drinks, and everything else until better days), we continue to work from home as best we can, thanks to the now infamous (and once highly criticized) “telecommuting”.

 

Therefore it’s essential to ask ourselves: How can we successfully work in a company (read: in a group) remotely? Until recently companies could make use of any number of team building initiatives available on the market. From accelerated karate classes to golf lessons, from escape rooms to go-karts, the ways for resolving work conflicts or strengthening already well-established relationships between co-workers were infinite – and almost all of them fun because they allowed people to unwind for at least a day, stepping away from their desks and getting to know their co-workers better. 

And now? 

DIGITAL TEAM BUILDING HAS ARRIVED

To lift the moral of an army of employees remotely, digital team building comes to the rescue. The importance of building relationships between co-workers can no longer be delegated exclusively to in-person activities. Digital team building helps to foster more solid relationships (as has been demonstrated by multinational corporations that widely employed this method even before the era of Covid), making people feel less alone (like pre-Covid freelancers who rarely meet their co-workers even now), more involved in increasingly necessary teamwork, and more appreciated as individuals. 

That’s why it’s important to realize that the tight schedule of work calls that take place on the most common digital platforms could, for once, be used to remind co-workers that it’s important to interact with one another and maybe even to venture out digitally, perhaps preparing some (not too personal) questions to ask in small work groups. 

From pets to studies abroad in college, the call becomes a shared moment together which replaces the time-honored coffee break. 

Davide Trivi, business coach, mentor, and team building expert, says: “The greatest risk during these times is for co-workers to not communicate with one another, creating issues that are difficult to work through due to the distance. We no longer have the water cooler to gather around, and need to figure out how to digitally replace it.” 

Maybe a video call doesn’t fully satisfy professional needs (or entirely bridge professional distances), but it’s certainly an additional step that can be taken at any moment. 

VINHOOD’S DIGITAL TEAM BUILDING INITIATIVES

For a more engaging and structured experience, there are Vinhood’s Digital Team Building Initiatives, an opportunity to reconnect with co-workers, take a break from work, and learn something new about the world of wine. In fact, thanks to special platforms designed to host many simultaneous connections, expert sommeliers are able to engage participants in online wine trivia games, with teams giving answers in real time and with “digital rooms” where participants can consult “as a team” in order to come up with strategies to beat their opponents. 

The trivia games can be personalized according to the message that the company wishes to share. In fact, each Vinhood Team Building initiative is unique and tailored to the group.

Offering remote activities like this is fundamental to helping employees not feel lost, a feeling that is detrimental to productivity. 

Trevi goes on to say: “Now more than ever it’s time to offer remote activities that bring people together, because after so many months of working from home, people need to feel like part of a team.” 

If you work on an international team, or even a national team with members from different regions, you could ask co-workers to share something about the place where they grew up, even if it’s just a small town, and to describe, for example, what they like most about it and, if they’re no longer there, what they miss. 

Thanks to the many videoconference platforms that are available, it’s also possible is have lunch “together” – or, in our case, taste wine! – from home. This is another way to unify the group and take a real break, avoiding the expectations and anxiety that are often oppressively present during work calls. 

But be careful not to overdo it. Trevi cautions: “The danger is that the boundaries between work and private life disappear. We work 24 hours a day because we’re all connected. Making an effort to keep these two worlds separate is the first step towards working better and with more energy.”

So, yes to online lunch together, but only once in a while. Because – as it’s important to remember always, but especially now – life continues well beyond our screens and wi-fi connections. 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR DIGITAL TEAM BUILDING INITIATIVES? 

E-mail us at info@vinhood.com.

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