5 WAYS TO BUILDING UNITY AFTER COVID-19

2020 was defined by forced closures, stay at home orders, and the all-important PIVOT. In 2021, most states have begun to reopen, but many are finding it difficult to return to business as normal.  Never before have we experienced a nationwide job loss of 36 million in mere months. Today it’s the time to rebuild after COVID and that means motivation and building unity must be a priority.

Why Team Unity Matters 

Nationwide stay at home orders have strained most office relationships. Sure, each individual has learned how to use Zoom and work from home. While working from home gives total autonomy, it also makes teams feel disconnected and clunky. Over the next few months, reestablishing unity is key to future success. Why? Because team unity benefits the entire organization.

  1. A unified team understands they are all responsible for meeting the same goals.
  2. If one team member’s performance starts to falter, the other members can fill in the gaps.
  3. Unified teams regulate their own performance, even without leadership.
  4. Teams benefits from multiple opinions, skillsets, and ideas.
  5. Teams with unity come up with innovative ideas faster
  6. Unified teams complete projects more efficiently.
  7. Employees are happier when they are part of a team, creating a more positive work environment.

Today, it is more important than ever for leadership and people managers to take steps to build, unite and support their teams.

Using Lemons and Making Lemonade 

Anyone would agree that 2020 was a bit of a lemony year. However, we can choose to use it as an opportunity to make our teams stronger, more resilient, and more high performing through adversity. As your workforce begins to move back into the office and regain a normal workday routine, consider these ways to build unity after COVID.

  1. Acknowledge the crisis’s impact 

It’s important to understand that although the pandemic impacted everyone, it is different for everyone. Some may be annoyed at restrictions while others are grieving the loss of a loved one. Some may feel like it’s all a hoax while others aren’t comfortable in a crowded room.

For many, it may never be “business as usual”. Create a safe space for people to share their feelings about the pandemic and do your best to understand how the past year has affected everyone. MacPhie, a consulting company that focuses on helping executives build high performing teams, had this suggestion:

  • The “hero, hardship, highlight” conversation:  Encourage participants to share their hero of the pandemic (someone who has helped them out or whom they look up to), their hardship (the most difficult part for them) and their highlight (the silver lining, or most positive part of the experience). This framework may be helpful in structuring the conversation more positively, lifting the spirits of some team members.”
  • Collaborate in Real Time Rituals 

Try to collaborate in real time as much as possible. Rituals and traditions are an easy way to make every member of the team feel equally included, even if they aren’t comfortable returning to work yet. Technology makes it simple to edit documents together, have “face-to-face” conversations and collaborate even when members are working from home. When everyone can participate, no matter their location, creates a shared identity. These types of real-time collaboration and rituals decrease anxiety and improve performance. Use these tools to collaborate in real time to create a “normal” working schedule that promotes including and strengthens your team.

  • Serve the Community

Service is always a great way to build unity within your team. Look for specific needs in your community as a result of COVID. Perhaps there are things you can do as a team to help those who are out of a job or support local restaurants. Support a weekly restaurant review, have a food drive, or volunteer for community programs if possible. This both acknowledges the impact of COVID while also providing a way for your team to work together and build unity.

  • Invest in Collaboration Software

If you have gotten this far without investing in collaboration software, it’s time to make the change. Remote working is not going anywhere and it’s time to adapt to your needs. In fact, most of the U.S. workforce seems to prefer this, with 98 percent of surveyed respondents indicating they want the option to still work remotely after the pandemic is over. Your team must have a way to be informed, connected, and aligned with each other in real-time no matter where they are working. Collaboration software expedites and streamlines your processes while allowing you to be more flexible with the needs of your people.

Choose a software that has the features you need to bring your team together and make it easy for them to connect on projects with built-in file sharing, file storage, chat, video functions and whiteboard functions to ensure that everything your team needs to stay connected is in one easy-to-access place.

  • Plan an In-Person Event

This pandemic has changed the world forever, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan for the future. In fact, planning can help to regular the emotional turmoil many of your people have been experiencing. When there is something positive to look forward to, it creates a feeling of safety and security within the team. With increased vaccinations and innovative options, there are a myriad of safe activities you can consider, like a private theatre rental with adequate social distancing, a company summit, or an outdoor activity.

Despite the changes brought to the business world from 2020, team building isn’t going anywhere. According to a survey from Nulab, 96 percent of workers improved their colleague relationships as a result of team building, while another 96 percent strengthened their collaboration, and 94 percent boosted their communication and workplace satisfaction.

However, perhaps the most important tactic to building unity after COVID is to believe in your team. To recognize and confront the brutal reality of life post-COVID. We must believe in ourselves and the success of our people. Acknowledging the hardships while looking forward to the future provides a dual perspective with authenticity and transparency. These are the attributes that will truly distinguish the great leaders during this pandemic.

Sources:

https://www.nimble.com

https://buildmo.com

5 WAYS TO BUILDING UNITY AFTER COVID-19

2020 was defined by forced closures, stay at home orders, and the all-important PIVOT. In 2021, most states have begun to reopen, but many are finding it difficult to return to business as normal.  Never before have we experienced a nationwide job loss of 36 million in mere months. Today it’s the time to rebuild after COVID and that means motivation and building unity must be a priority.

Why Team Unity Matters 

Nationwide stay at home orders have strained most office relationships. Sure, each individual has learned how to use Zoom and work from home. While working from home gives total autonomy, it also makes teams feel disconnected and clunky. Over the next few months, reestablishing unity is key to future success. Why? Because team unity benefits the entire organization.

  1. A unified team understands they are all responsible for meeting the same goals.
  2. If one team member’s performance starts to falter, the other members can fill in the gaps.
  3. Unified teams regulate their own performance, even without leadership.
  4. Teams benefits from multiple opinions, skillsets, and ideas.
  5. Teams with unity come up with innovative ideas faster
  6. Unified teams complete projects more efficiently.
  7. Employees are happier when they are part of a team, creating a more positive work environment.

Today, it is more important than ever for leadership and people managers to take steps to build, unite and support their teams.

Using Lemons and Making Lemonade 

Anyone would agree that 2020 was a bit of a lemony year. However, we can choose to use it as an opportunity to make our teams stronger, more resilient, and more high performing through adversity. As your workforce begins to move back into the office and regain a normal workday routine, consider these ways to build unity after COVID.

  1. Acknowledge the crisis’s impact 

It’s important to understand that although the pandemic impacted everyone, it is different for everyone. Some may be annoyed at restrictions while others are grieving the loss of a loved one. Some may feel like it’s all a hoax while others aren’t comfortable in a crowded room.

For many, it may never be “business as usual”. Create a safe space for people to share their feelings about the pandemic and do your best to understand how the past year has affected everyone. MacPhie, a consulting company that focuses on helping executives build high performing teams, had this suggestion:

  • The “hero, hardship, highlight” conversation:  Encourage participants to share their hero of the pandemic (someone who has helped them out or whom they look up to), their hardship (the most difficult part for them) and their highlight (the silver lining, or most positive part of the experience). This framework may be helpful in structuring the conversation more positively, lifting the spirits of some team members.”
  • Collaborate in Real Time Rituals 

Try to collaborate in real time as much as possible. Rituals and traditions are an easy way to make every member of the team feel equally included, even if they aren’t comfortable returning to work yet. Technology makes it simple to edit documents together, have “face-to-face” conversations and collaborate even when members are working from home. When everyone can participate, no matter their location, creates a shared identity. These types of real-time collaboration and rituals decrease anxiety and improve performance. Use these tools to collaborate in real time to create a “normal” working schedule that promotes including and strengthens your team.

  • Serve the Community

Service is always a great way to build unity within your team. Look for specific needs in your community as a result of COVID. Perhaps there are things you can do as a team to help those who are out of a job or support local restaurants. Support a weekly restaurant review, have a food drive, or volunteer for community programs if possible. This both acknowledges the impact of COVID while also providing a way for your team to work together and build unity.

  • Invest in Collaboration Software

If you have gotten this far without investing in collaboration software, it’s time to make the change. Remote working is not going anywhere and it’s time to adapt to your needs. In fact, most of the U.S. workforce seems to prefer this, with 98 percent of surveyed respondents indicating they want the option to still work remotely after the pandemic is over. Your team must have a way to be informed, connected, and aligned with each other in real-time no matter where they are working. Collaboration software expedites and streamlines your processes while allowing you to be more flexible with the needs of your people.

Choose a software that has the features you need to bring your team together and make it easy for them to connect on projects with built-in file sharing, file storage, chat, video functions and whiteboard functions to ensure that everything your team needs to stay connected is in one easy-to-access place.

  • Plan an In-Person Event

This pandemic has changed the world forever, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan for the future. In fact, planning can help to regular the emotional turmoil many of your people have been experiencing. When there is something positive to look forward to, it creates a feeling of safety and security within the team. With increased vaccinations and innovative options, there are a myriad of safe activities you can consider, like a private theatre rental with adequate social distancing, a company summit, or an outdoor activity.

Despite the changes brought to the business world from 2020, team building isn’t going anywhere. According to a survey from Nulab, 96 percent of workers improved their colleague relationships as a result of team building, while another 96 percent strengthened their collaboration, and 94 percent boosted their communication and workplace satisfaction.

However, perhaps the most important tactic to building unity after COVID is to believe in your team. To recognize and confront the brutal reality of life post-COVID. We must believe in ourselves and the success of our people. Acknowledging the hardships while looking forward to the future provides a dual perspective with authenticity and transparency. These are the attributes that will truly distinguish the great leaders during this pandemic.

Sources:

https://www.nimble.com

https://buildmo.com

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