Of course, we’ll need to be able to go beyond the everyday tasks of work and get to know each other on a personal level to have a truly connected team. Accomplishing this at a distance takes more deliberate action compared to an in-person workplace. We like to use a dedicated Slack channel just for fun stuff that we call #random. It’s our virtual watercooler where we can have a friendly chat, share pictures from our lives, and memes—can never have too many memes.
We set aside time during our team Zoom meeting each Monday morning to share progress on our personal goals. We get to know our shared interests and values, cheer each other on, and it gives us an opportunity to connect with one another in ways that come more naturally in-person.
Getting connected and maintaining a strong team culture while working on a remote team has its challenges, but with intentionality and a positive outlook toward communication, team members from across countries and time zones can be successful and effective contributors. At Sandbox, through experimenting with various tools to find out what works best for our team, we’re working toward closing the distance every day.
Senior Graphic Designer, Sandbox Brand Inspired Marketing