Working from home doesn't mean you're alone

Article Published by Geotab
Author: Paul Wilson is a Learning Content Writer at Geotab.
https://www.geotab.com/working-from-home/

How virtual teams can maintain a real connection while working online.

When employees don’t have a regular in-person connection to their co-workers, it can be hard to feel like a part of a team. It doesn’t have to be that way. Collaboration tools and social activities can keep team spirit going.

For Geotab, as the majority of our employees working from home right now, keeping our culture alive is more important than ever. We make it a top priority to remain connected through daily team touchpoint meetings, department-specific chat channels, and regular team bonding exercises.

No matter what team a Geotabber is a part of or where they are in the world, Geotab brings a bit of the office culture to every employee's home.

How Geotab stays connected

Each team has its own unique way of staying connected. For example, the Learning Design team participates in virtual online party games and weekly meetings. One team member drives the meeting with fun, informative or instructive openers that teach, train or promote Geotab culture.

The Human Resources team has also provided Geotabbers with over 30 suggestions for virtual team bonding activities, ranging from fun ice-breakers to more in-depth or challenging suggestions. Here are some examples:

  • Two truths and a lie
  • At-home show and tell
  • Virtual scavenger hunt
  • Themed costume meetings

These suggestions help teams come up with bonding activities that fit their unique personalities and skill sets.

Geotab also embraces an open-door policy, or in this virtual environment, translates to an open-chat policy. This means that Geotabbers can always connect with each other no matter their needs. Whether it’s work-related or personal, Geotabbers are there for each other no matter what.

Working from home Google hangout

Geotab sticks to its values

One of Geotab’s core values is “Work hard. Play hard.” Because of this, every Geotabber knows that a strong company culture means balancing work and play in their everyday experience.

Even when Geotabbers work from home, it’s important to stay engaged in the company culture. That means collaborating with co-workers, embracing new work from home procedures, coming up with innovative ways to stay connected and so much more. Both on a company-wide and individual team basis, Geotabbers are encouraged to laugh, learn and grow together.

Working from home Google hangout

Conclusion

Even when working from home, we strive to support our employees every day. Geotab cares about the mental health and physical well-being of our employees and has embraced work from home.

If you want to learn more about our culture and team dynamics, follow @InsideGeotab on InstagramFacebook or Twitter!