Social-distancing removes our opportunity for chance encounters with colleagues. Sharing experiences, listening, empathizing about what’s happening and being there for each other will go a long way in helping everyone stay grounded. And, when we’re grounded, we can keep moving forward.
We need to be intentional about connecting with each other. Here are some suggestions:
- Call a friend during your morning or afternoon coffee break to catch up.
- Set up virtual lunch dates or happy hours. Just as you normally would join your work friends for lunch or an after-work treat, do it virtually!
- Celebrate. Is it a team member’s birthday? Hold a virtual birthday party and tell everyone to eat cake.
- Return calls. Remember that not everyone has a housemate. If someone calls you, call them back