This year I've talked a lot about the importance of one on ones with your team members, whether they work in the same office with you or half the continent away, checking in regularly is key.
Trust in teams is also fostered when group members get to meet each other and know each other. For many ears I managed virtual teams, and it was critical that once in a while, sometimes only one a year or every eighteen months, we got together for a short while to work shoulder to shoulder. Bringing in people from almost ten different countries was not a small expense, but the productivity spikes which happened afterwards far outweighed the expense.
In today' s virtual world, many leaders use Face Time or Video Skype to "sit down" with their individual team members.
As you consider your team, what opportunities do you have for some "face time" with each other this year? Next year? How can they get to know each other beyond the pleasantries? How might a retreat (virtual or in-person) support the strengthening of connection, understanding of roles and what person does, and knowledge around how people prefer to work?
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