Our work lives are looking a little different these days. Though some daily routines may be changed, for those who have transitioned into a virtual space, the building blocks to a productive and successful workplace are still the same. One of those essential components are workplace relationships, and most importantly the quality of those relationships. While it may seem like we are working in our own little islands, it is important to remember that we are part of something bigger, a team. Building relationships with coworkers, and working on those relationships, helps put your own work into perspective, provides a support system, increases productivity and job satisfaction. For those working from home, here are 3 tips on how to build and maintain relationships with coworkers:
- Make space for genuine check-ins – We may not have the proverbial watercooler anymore, but we have technology on our side. From Slack to Microsoft Teams to Google Hangouts, many companies are utilizing chat tools to enhance collaboration. Whatever the communication platform you have available is, think of it as an opportunity to connect with your coworkers. Not a fan of online chats? Set up a video call or audio call! The point is to set some time aside to regularly check-in with your coworkers. With so much going on in the news, work and our personal lives, it’s important to have these moments to connect and support each other.
- Plan a virtual event – Virtual events are great team building opportunities! They may look and feel a little different from in-person events, but they are just as important. From virtual pizza parties or coffees to online group games, the possibilities are endless. Just like the check-ins, a virtual team building activity can help bring coworkers together and remind one another that they are part of a larger team.
- Set your boundaries – For some, working from home can make boundaries feel a little blurry. The clear division between work and home has come down and it can sometimes seem like we are inviting our work into our homes. It is important to set new boundaries during the transition to working from home. Setting boundaries can help you establish healthy, sustainable work patterns, workloads and behaviors that are part of healthy living and a comprehensive care plan. For survivors who find it challenging to set clear boundaries, we have an archived webinar recording on Setting Boundaries we encourage you to check out.
For additional tips, consult the At Work and Looking for Work sections of our website. And be sure to check out our free tools, webinars and publications.