Morale in a remote team

Tristan White
Tristan White
Senior Delivery Manager 2 Jun 20203 minutes read

Tristan, our Senior Delivery Manager, takes a look at how to keep up the morale in a remote team.

Team morale

I’m a big believer in trying to ensure that the team I work with is happy, it’s part of my job and I love it. 

One thing that’s come out from everyone having to work remote, to being stuck inside and not being able to socialise with people in the normal way, is that we’re now finding new ways to socialise, to stay engaged with each other, but it’s really not easy. 

I think people have come together beautifully in this crisis and have made some amazing lemonade out of those lemons. But there’s a very thin line between keeping morale high and actually killing it completely, by forcing people into having fun. 

Let’s take our personal lives for instance, I’ve never spent so many hours on Zoom before, chatting to family and friends, and to be honest I don’t feel like I have a weekend or evening anymore, especially because, as part of my job I spend about 4 hours a day on Zoom. And lets be honest, I’ve lost count of how many times I have had to tell my family how to use Zoom, which is draining. 

So how do you work it within a team?

I’m probably not alone in noticing that since we’ve HAD to go remote, the team has never been closer, you may sit next to someone in the office, but some days you never speak to them properly, so I think it’s nice. 

It also doesn’t come without its challenges. The constant ping of slack or teams, the constant conference calling or the phone going off. Nothing beats just a quick tap on the shoulder and then the problem is solved. 

The biggest thing that’s obviously going to be affected, is mental health, some people aren’t getting their daily dose of socialising in the kitchen as they make a drink, and especially aren’t getting away from their computers to take a lunch break to distance themselves from their work. 

Here’s what I’ve found works well at keeping the team morale up. 

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