When my career got started the sandwich approach to employee feedback was the go-to. I personally thrived on it and have always enjoyed getting constructive feedback. But when done wrong, the sandwich feedback approach can be detrimental to a team member's confidence and can feel more like personal attacks. Unfortunately, more often than not it is done wrong. After researching the best methodology for employee feedback it has become clear that a magical system or process does not exist. The reality is that there is no right answer, but there is an endless supply of wrong answers.
The term virtual coffee can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. There are endless articles on how to build company culture and facilitate communication across distributed teams.
To improve our conversation starters, we have built an entirely new dashboard for human resources management.
As teams continue to work across regions, across offices, and from home, it is more important than ever that your team feels included and rewarded for their efforts. Many managers look at dispersed teams as a supervision problem. The reality is that there is unlikely any need for increased supervision when your employees feel included and are aligned with the goals of the organization.
We just launched a lifetime offer on AppSumo for teams of 20 or less for $39! Whether you are a current ChatFox customer or a new ChatFox customer you can take advantage of this amazing deal. The offer includes all of our features: -Customizable chat cadence. -Multiple chat cadences for each chat. -Customizable Icebreakers. -Customizable ShoutOuts. -Fully automated Coffee Chats with -video links and calendar connections. -Engagement charts. -Team profiles. -Time zone algorithms.
Managing your time and your team's time is important. Do we think that remote team culture is the most important thing to consider when running your remote business...yes! That being said, we understand that you and your team have many other responsibilities. That is why we have created a more flexible and more simplified chat settings systems that allow you to have as many or as few chats every month in as many channels as you want for as many teams as you want.
We love icebreakers! Our customers have shared countless stories about how our icebreakers have sparked meaningful conversations that would have never even gotten started without the right questions at the right time in the right context. Even though Icebreakers are a great way to engage your remote team they are only the tip of the iceberg. Most of our customers come for the icebreakers but stay for the Coffee Chats and Shout Outs. The reality is that icebreakers are only a tiny part of what is needed to build a strong remote team culture.
In today's world of working from home, a recession, and health concerns from a global pandemic, leaders need to do more than manage team members, they need to make sure that their team's core needs are being met. Gone are the days of only being concerned with personal growth and career achievements. Employees are now looking to meet more basic needs around safety, belongingness, and esteem.
Over the past few months, our users have consistently requested one thing, more participation. Participation for remote teams is far more challenging than office-based teams. Why? Because getting people to participate from home is like herding cats. In the office, you have the ability to go from cubicle to cubicle recruiting participants for any given activity or team building event. When working from home there is a balance between work and other responsibilities. Workdays are not necessarily set up in 8-hour blocks.
Thinking up fun ways for your team members to engage with each other is important, but very often loses steam after employees try it once or twice with an experience that they do not enjoy. Anything that creates friction for your team members' to attend, connect or engage with each other will limit participation. Take as much as possible out of the control of your team members so that all they need to do is do a little preparation and engage without the hassle of coordination or setup.
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