Are you seeing lack of connection or fewer peer-to-peer relationships on your hybrid team?
We used academic research to find proven solutions for your company.
Share SAME food or drink at the SAME time.
Researchers studying collaboration found people eating the same food could build trust 75% faster and reach agreement 2X more quickly than people and find win-win scenarios twice as fast as people without the shared meal.
Have meaningful conversations
Researchers found a 45-minute conversation premised on questions that require ‘reflection’ create rapid interpersonal connection. Participants who showed deepest reflection were rated ‘more trustworthy’ than people with whom subjects had 5+ year relationship.
Go from ‘small talk’ to ‘big talk’ with your team.
In a cross-cultural study, researchers found that ‘connection’ forms only when parties both share a perspective and explain its origins. While ‘small talk’ develops perceptions of ‘reliability’, only perspective-centric conversations establish meaningful connection.
Be willing to be embarrassed, encourage others to do same.
Researchers found embarrassment builds connection. Participants watched videos of people describing embarrassing moments and reported perceiving those individuals as more generous and trustworthy. So slurp your soup, spill your coffee, drop your cheese.