When you’re working from home, communication has to remain open. It will certainly take some getting used to at first, but try to make it a habit to connect with your teammates and stakeholders throughout the day. This will help make up for the lack of face-to-face time. After all, a virtual water cooler is better than no water cooler at all.
One of the best ways to chat in Teams is to open a channel for ongoing conversations. These channels can be for anything and everything - from pictures of your dogs all the way to project management! Remember: have fun with your day. A channel dedicated to news tidbits, pictures, and stories can really boost morale, and you can even spice things up with a GIF, sticker, or some emojis.
In addition to channels, Teams allows you to create shared documents so everyone can partake in progress updates on ongoing projects. This way, your team can easily collaborate in real time. Another great way to ideate and iterate is to share content through screen sharing or utilize Teams’ coauthoring feature so you can edit your colleague’s work in real time as well. And if you’re all in need of a quick brainstorm session, try out the Whiteboard feature in Teams. This virtual whiteboard operates as a digital canvas for everyone’s ideas.
It’s really important that you still keep all of your events on your calendar. Whether you have a large-format meeting you need to broadcast video for, or are looking to set up a small huddle, having these events online will help give that much-needed in-person connection.