Social tools for remote teams
Working remotely is a blessing – but it can also be lonely.
Teams succeed based on the culture they manage to build. Truly successful teams have a culture of trust and social cohesion.
Successful remote teams do not happen by accident. The ones that succeed leverage the benefits and overcome the downsides of a remote setup. The benefits are well known (more). A work environment that is tranquil and free from interruptions. The freedom from having to waste your life commuting. The downsides are less tangible. In particular it can be hard to collaborate with a colleague you do not know well.
The Socializer helps you get to know your colleagues.
It is a virtual water cooler for teams that do not otherwise have a natural meeting place. Each day it pairs you with a colleague, encouraging you to spend 5 minutes talking about something that is not related to work. What you talk about is up to you. It could be:
- your love for the neighborhood pub-quizzes, or
- your latest hobby of collecting artisanal shaving creams, or maybe
- the new sourdough starter you made over the weekend!
How it works
Status quo your team today
Your team is distributed and remote. It is an exceptional team, but all the same it feels as if you are working alone.
Step 1 Install the Socializer bot
Install the Socializer bot to your team on Slack. Every day around team-noon (what?) it will pair up your colleagues two-and-two.
Encourage your team to take 5 minutes of their day to get to know the person behind the avatar.
Chances are high that your colleagues live in different time zones. Noon in one timezone is not noon in another (that's how timezones work). The Socializer tries to find a window of time that maximizes the number of people being online. The made up term team-noon represents the time in that window that is the closest to noon for most people.
Step 2 Enjoy peace and harmony
Anecdotal evidence shows that teams using the Socializer develop stronger interpersonal bonds. The daily socials become a moment in the day that people look forward to and cherish. The teams become places of work that people enjoy being part of and associate with.
May you derive as much joy from your socials as we have!