How To Build And Maintain Good Work Relationships During The Pandemic
We’re all aware that working relationships are very important. They help a business operate smoothly, and it’s much easier to work alongside people you have a good relationship with. But doing this is hard, especially when you don’t see the person every day. Sadly, this is the case for many people due to the pandemic. There are no coffee breaks spent gossiping, and people now communicate mainly via email. This lacks the bonding that often goes paired with face-to-face relationships. So, that brings the question: what can be done to build and maintain these relationships, even amid a pandemic?
There’s a reason most companies insist on team building. For a while, everyone sheds their skin. They don’t see each other as bosses, or fellow employees, but as teammates. Working together in this way, without the pressure of an office environment, can lead to major bonding between people, that will last long after the pandemic has ended. Now, you might be wondering how team building will be done with all of the social gathering restrictions most places face. Luckily, the coronavirus doesn’t have to stop the fun! CityHunt offers social distancing team building. If that still sounds too risky, consider one of their virtual team building offers.
Zoom meetings were all the rage when the pandemic first hit. However, since then, they have become less and less popular. Why? This could be because the novelty has worn off – the virus has stuck around longer than a lot of people thought it would. This could also be due to the cost of virtual meetings. Whatever the reason, they are the closest thing we have to face-to-face meetings at the moment, and it’s important to have that human interaction. It’s something that just can’t be achieved through emails alone.
Make a company newsletter
The best way of building and maintaining any type of relationship is to know what’s going on in each other’s lives. Usually, most people have an idea of what’s happening in their colleagues’ lives. We exchange news over coffee, or while waiting for a meeting to start. But nowadays, most people don’t have a clue of what’s happening with their colleagues. Having a newsletter with any important information (such as if someone has fallen ill or had a baby) may encourage others to reach out and reconnect. Of course, you should always obtain permission before publishing anything about someone’s personal life. You never know, it may be so successful that you start a newsletter for clients as well.
To build good relationships, you need to know what’s working – so that you can keep it – as well as what’s not – so that you can eliminate it. Often, businesses have meetings where employers and employees can air any grievances or concerns they may have. Nowadays, the best way of obtaining this information will be online. We recommend setting up surveys once a month to see how everyone in the business is doing, and to address any issues that may have arisen.