Teambuilding — is it an art or a science? How to create a healthy culture and make your virtual team successful? If we talk about assembling and motivating, then it is a blend of both science and art. However, there are lots of fragile parts and loose components that make team-building look complicated and sometimes unattainable.
There are many challenges that offshore teams face, such as lack of personal contact that has an adverse effect on productivity, conflict management and establishing a trust relationship. So how to build team culture when you are thousands of miles apart? Here are 5 ideas:
- Daily/weekly updates with the entire team make it easier for all the teammates to stay updated and to keep everyone on track. Schedule hangouts to share demos, celebrate completed tasks, coordinate shared work processes, and discuss future plans or initiatives.
- With monthly one-to-one talks you can ensure that everyone is on the same wavelength and achieve results towards targeted goals. The scenario can be as follows: ask one thing that the team member is excited about, one thing that he is worried about, one thing the company can do to improve his performance and one thing that he can do to enhance his job.
- Offer fun team occasions like hiking, joint colleagues’ birthday celebrations, have lunches together, play virtual party games after work, etc. Hold monthly/quarterly meetings, sponsor dinners, and share photos. Kira M. Newman, the founder of The Positive Psychlopedia project, states that “remote teams have freedom and flexibility, but they are also at risk for disconnection and discontent.”
- Celebrate company successes together. Buy your team members similar t-shirts or hats, exchange gift certificates, present everyone with personalized corporate merchandise, etc. Here you are confined only by your imagination.
- Try to meet in person, especially if you plan long-term partnership or involving larger teams.
The popularity of IT outsourcing is easily understood, as it combines low-cost software development and highly-skilled employees. It is a beneficial choice for long-term agreements with larger projects and a constant workload. This Dedicated Development Team business model works well for those clients who are in the know of the ins and outs of project workflow, possible pitfalls, and those who have a good mind to invest in the successive and continued development of a quality solution.