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3 Ways To Keep Your Team Connected In An Evolving Work World

Date: 02/02/2021
 
So your workspace is changing… a lot. Instead of occupying a whole floor, your team’s moved to a hub-and-spoke model, spreading out in unexpected ways thanks to the pandemic and the rise of remote work. While there are plenty of benefits to this model, which eases commutes, puts fewer people in the same large spaces, and gives your team access to the kinds of spaces they work best in, it can also come with its struggles. The biggest: staying connected. 
 
 
Impromptu meetings and brainstorming sessions happen far less often when your team is no longer in one place. This can be jarring at first, but there are plenty of ways to create those same connections even when you are spread apart. At LMHQ, a home for several spokes, we’ve seen day in and day out how teams make it work; how they can communicate even more effectively with some distance between team members, and how that elevator run-in with a peer from a completely different industry can spark some unexpected innovation once you’re back at your desk. We’re here to spread a little of that knowledge so your team can feel connected, even when apart. 
 
  • A great way to make your team feel like there’s still a hub is to have one — just smaller. You can still have a central meeting place that operates as one main gathering spot. Designate one of your spokes to serve as that hub, so your team can know where to go when they want to have that aforementioned elevator run-in or grab an ear when they need a second brain on a tough project. We can all stay connected virtually, but there's a magic to in-person collaboration that can’t quite be captured online. When choosing that main hub, make sure it’s an easy commute for all, i.e. central to the rest of the spokes so it's the most accessible for all of your team members. That will help make it actually serve as a hub that folks will want to frequent.

 

  • With teams scattered across hubs, spokes and homes, it’s hard to create a meeting atmosphere that feels like everyone is together IRL. Luckily, with some IT support, your team can feel a little more connected. Make sure that all of your hubs, spokes, and remote workers have access to the same technology. It may seem simple, but if one spoke is scrambling to connect, or left without the webcams needed for a presentation, it can lead to major frustration and make those team members feel like they’re out on an island by themselves. With your team members feeling supported equally and fully equipped, they can focus on connecting with everyone on their screens.  

 

  • Make sure your team isn’t just hooked up with the same technology, but with the same programs and central online meeting software so they can stay connected. Whether it be normalizing an unexpected Gchat, to a quick video meeting, or keeping your team connected on Slack, your team needs to know where they can create these stop-at-the-desk-to-chat moments when not able to produce them physically. Make sure they know how to easily reach their team, and see when their team is available as not to disturb other work. 
 
As we’ve all learned, there are plenty of ways for us to connect when a water cooler run-in just isn’t in the cards. By spending a bit of extra time focusing on the logistics of where your spaces are and how they are equipped, you can help your team focus on what really matters: each other. Luckily, there are spaces that know how to host these teams and foster this collaboration, so you know your whole team is supported, even when it’s spread apart.