Lockdown, am I right? Some of us may be enjoying more of our own space, but for others being apart from your work-besties is challenging. Dare I say, you even look forward to going into the office, to revel in those quality in-jokes and moan about the Piccadilly line.
What about that Friday afternoon pick-me-up when the chants of happy birthday begin and you know the cake isn’t far away – it would be rude not to have a slice.
Team culture has always been important, and our current socially-distanced situation doesn’t change that. In fact, with more of your team isolated it’s arguably more important to keep in touch. Even if some are furloughed right now, keeping the sense of community between teams is important. Beyond Monday stand-ups and awkward Zoom meetings, we still need to find the fun parts of office life.
We’ve scoured the internet and pestered our nearest and dearest to find the 4 most fun ways to keep your office team in touch during lockdown.
Couples Coffee Breaks
A one-to-one coffee break can be a great way to re-energise and give you an excuse to step away from the desk – I repeat – step away from the desk.
GitLab has a predominantly remote workforce and has been doing it for years. It’s part of the company’s culture outlined in its handbook, “We encourage team members to dedicate a few hours every week to these calls, which is roughly comparable to the time someone working in an office might spend chatting while walking to meetings, grabbing coffee in the break room, or having lunch together in person.”
It could be catching up on last night’s TV, brainstorming an idea or even discussing office gossip. What’s important is recreating those impromptu moments of connection you normally find waiting for the kettle to boil.
Non-work-chat (NWC) Chats
We’ve got WhatsApp groups coming out of our ears! But we still want to keep the office ‘bants’ alive because otherwise it’s only work. Let’s re-home those LOLs that keep your 9-5 ticking over nicely. Teams or Slack are great platforms to focus your unrivalled gif-based hilarity, share cat memes and most importantly let everyone know what you’re having for lunch.
*Important note: No shop talk.
‘There’s been a muuurder’
Is anyone else sick of quizzes? Try something different to replace your Friday night drinks. Why not do a company murder mystery party? Places like Red Herring have adapted scripts specifically for video calls.
With everyone stuck at home, you’ll see who’s most resourceful when it comes to costumes. From Murder on the Orient Express to 80s prom themes, there are plenty of options and lots of opportunity for fake moustaches and questionable accents.
Wait a minute Mr Postman
Finally, don’t let those birthdays or anniversaries be forgotten. Great relationships, loyal employees and incredible work ethics have been built on the foundations of eating cake together.
Remind others that you’re thinking of them with postal treats. Maybe if those weekly team meetings are starting to get a bit dry, spice them up – get people smiling and engaged with a cuppa and a slice. Celebrate people and achievements like you would normally and have sweet treats delivered directly to them. Better yet, some are letterbox friendly, so no dashing to the door in your dressing gown and you’ll keep up your social distancing.
Our thinking is that everyone, near or far, lockdown or no lockdown, should get their just desserts. So, with a dash of internet, a sprinkle of home-delivery and a cup of thoughtfulness we can tip the scales on Lockdown 2020.