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Save Your Team From Feeling Siloed

Tuesday June 28, 2022

Save Your Team From Feeling Siloed

Tuesday June 28, 2022

Feeling Siloed

There are a couple of recent studies that show some alarming data regarding employees feeling siloed at work. 

 

In a traditional office setting, onboarding is often done partially in a group setting. Grouping new employees together helps them form relationships. Outside of onboarding, we make work friends in many different ways. Maybe we run into a coworker at the local coffee shop and get a chance to chat more than in the office. Perhaps we run into someone coming or going to the bathroom, the break room or the elevators. There are SO many random ways that we find our work friends.

 

Since the pandemic and the rise of virtual and hybrid working environments, the sense of community has sharply declined. One study analyzed 61,182 Microsoft employees over the course of six months to determine the true effects of firm-wide remote working. That study found “that firm-wide remote work caused the collaboration network of workers to become more static and siloed, with fewer bridges between disparate parts. Furthermore, there was a decrease in synchronous communication and an increase in asynchronous communication. Together, these effects may make it harder for employees to acquire and share new information across the network.”

 

Another study analyzed more than 1,300 employees at companies across the US and Europe and found that “the average new hire is currently building a network within their company about half (50%) of the size of those with longer tenure – a figure that’s significantly less than before.” They also found a 16% decrease in onboarding effectiveness. These factors combined are causing employees to feel siloed from the very beginning.

 

Don’t worry! We can help your team to not feel siloed!

 

Here are some suggestions for how to help your employees not feel siloed.

 

♦ Build time into virtual meetings for small talk.

 – Use five to ten minutes before or after the meeting for non-work talk.

 – Encourage employees to share how their weekend went or what their plans are for the week ahead.

 ~ When one of us goes on vacation at Teamraderie we always share pictures or updates on how our trip was.

 – Just five to ten minutes can help build connections drastically.

 

♦ Schedule new employees together.

 – It’s common to schedule one-on-one sessions for new employees and coworkers that they may be working closely. If you are onboarding more than one new employee, consider having some or all new employees do these informational sessions together.

 

♦ Encourage employees to spend time together outside of work.

 – If everyone on the team works virtually but you live in the same city as a coworker, try occasionally working together from a coffee shop.

 

♦ Onboarding a new employee is the optimal point to do a Teamraderie experience. This will help the new employees learn more about their coworkers in a casual setting. It’s also a great way to refresh a team’s knowledge of each other. Try our Snack Break Experience to Refresh Your Team.

 

Snack Break

 

 


 

Teamraderie Experiences can be explored and booked online via Teamraderie experience finder. If you are seeking a personalized recommendation, reach out to us at team@teamraderie.com.

Experiences to Bring Your Team Together

Did you know that despite snacking being a global habit, 80% of snacks are popular in only one single country?

Led by a food & beverage expert, this experience aims to help build connection through a shared activity. During the experience, you will try snacks representing multiple cultures and continents and discuss each of your favorite snacks. Teamraderie will ship you an elegant kit containing three different snacks and a beverage. You will learn how different cultures are connected through snacks.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to build connection, leaving you with fresh perspectives, a sense of togetherness, and a renewed sense of collaboration.


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Does your team need to foster cohesion and collaboration? 

Led by a top barista, this experience aims to enhance connection through a shared coffee and tea tasting activity. During the experience, everyone will brew a cup of coffee or tea together using a kit complete with coffee drip kits or tea sachet’s and a snack provided by Teamraderie. You will learn the art of tasting and the history of these beverages.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, leaving you with new insights, a feeling of camaraderie, and a revitalized team spirit.


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Did you know that participating in a creative activity with a group can lead to a shared experience that helps individuals feel a sense of togetherness?

Led by a professional artist, this experience aims to boost connection and wellbeing through a shared painting workshop. Prior to the experience, you will choose a theme to paint. During the experience, you will learn painting techniques and create a masterpiece together. You will use paints, a canvas, and brushes provided by Teamraderie. You will learn that while the instructions are the same, each piece created represents the uniqueness of the individual who painted it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to boost connection and wellbeing, leaving you with fresh perspectives, a strengthened sense of camaraderie, and a collective team spirit.

Choose between three themes:

(1) Regional landmark chosen by your team – get to know each other better by learning about a place your colleague is from

(2) Team logo – create a team logo and discuss shared goals

(3) Celebrate the season, holidays, or end of year as a team!


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