Bringing teams back together again – 6 areas to consider

What are the ways to reengage employees after the havoc wreaked by the pandemic? What can bind together distributed teams?

Half of Polish employees surveyed by Randstad for the Employer Brand Research report declare that a good work atmosphere is a vital factor behind their choice of employer. These figures are all the more relevant for companies in light of the fact that – as shown by the same report – employers with a bad reputation face 10% higher employment costs [1]. These are pre-pandemic figures, but the need to create an employee-friendly atmosphere is just as important now, as we return to business as usual. In fact, it may even be more important than ever, as more and more of our job market is taken over by workers from generations that attach a particular importance to well-being in the workplace.

Improving the working atmosphere often requires the reintegration of employees to the workplace. After years of working in unusual conditions, often remotely on a full-time basis, they don’t feel attached to their colleagues or the company’s organizational culture.

It’s not really the managers’ fault. The pandemic was a turbulent time, which made it virtually impossible to set up a management strategy. What’s more, managing distributed teams is an extremely difficult task even under more ‘ordinary’ conditions.

Despite these challenges, it’s possible to ensure that teams returning to the office – or still working in a distributed model – are happy with the work atmosphere. So what are the ways to make employees feel like part of a team again, after years of interacting with people mostly as avatars in the digital world? How do you bring them back together to navigate through today’s hybrid reality? Here’s a bunch of tips.

Let’s have a look at the 6 key elements of the issue:

  1. Communication.
  2. Routine and rituals.
  3. Shared goals.
  4. Competition.
  5. Entertainment.
  6. Space.