According to recent studies conducted by Gallup, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Global Workforce Analytics, working remotely is not only beneficial to employees, but also to the company. Data shows that remote employees are more productive and produce higher quality work; while organizations experience less absenteeism, lower employee turnover, and an increase in profitability after instituting work from home programs.
There are some potential downsides of remote work. Decreases in collaboration and communication or an increase in feelings of isolation due to lack of face-to-face conversations. Fortunately, there are easy ways to fix this, namely through online team-building exercises. Team building is crucial to the success of your organization because when a team feels connected and trusting, morale and happiness increase, employees feel more comfortable contributing ideas, and in turn, their productivity skyrockets.
Here are 10 virtual team-building strategies you can use to boost collaboration and comradery: