Based on requests from the virtual and remote teams I work with, I customized the PDT planner for the world of the virtual and remote worker – entrepreneur, team leader or team member. As I bring awareness to this new resource, I will be highlighting some of the companion PlanDoTrack blog posts. Do be sure to check them out there.
Here’s a recent one which will be of interest to all virtual and remote workers on Building Peer Support across your virtual team. You can read it here.
Part of successful work in a context which is uncertain and highly volatile is being able to leverage relationships. We don’t know what skills and connections we might need. That’s where peer connection can become as important, if not more important, than your relationship with your direct supervisor.
Here’s what I wrote about different ways we can be fostering more peer support across our teams:
It’s likely that your virtual and remote team may not get the support they need. As I often write “Out of sight should not equal out of mind”.
In a virtual and remote team, it can be very useful to provide peer support across the team. This might include things such as:
Mentoring pairs – If there are certain skills people want to develop, is there a way to create mentoring pairs across the team?
Peer partners - A valuable activity can be assigning peer partners across the team on an annual basis. Whether formal, or informal, having a partner people can meet with and ask questions to, can be valuable in sharing learning.
Job shadowing – Another interesting, and valuable, experience can be job shadowing virtually, where a more junior person is paired with a more senior team member. They may shadow meetings virtually and learn more about the behind the scenes work experience by co-working virtually. Consider how you might create a “take me to work day”.
Formal coffee break/meal sharing time – We learn a lot from each other informally. What are the informal pauses you can create for the team? This might involve coffee breaks where people can drop in for a chat once a week or every few weeks, or a lunch time potluck.
Co-working experiences - Where people bring projects they are working on and work together real time on a virtual platform like zoom, checking in at the top of each hour and working for several hour bursts. A session held like this once a month or more frequently can be incredibly valuable in terms of “getting things done” and also supporting learning across the team.
What are the different ways you can build in more virtual connection time across the team? This is critical for building your team culture.
I hope that you will take a few minutes to check out the PlanDoTrack blog and the related resources at the site for virtual and remote professionals.
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