Planit Scotland

Why Your Team Needs a Champion of Cheer

COVID-19. A cost of living crisis. New prime ministers left, right and centre. The end of Neighours. 

It’s been a tough few years to say the least and, now more than ever, it’s important that we look out for each other – at home and in the workplace. 

However, how can you achieve this when your team works remotely?

Well, that’s where I come in: Planit Scotland’s champion of cheer! 

 The remote office

Working from home isn’t something new. In fact, it existed long before the pandemic for many businesses – it just wasn’t talked about in the same way as it is today. 

Now – post-pandemic – more and more studies have been conducted to show business owners how they can help their teams adapt to this way of working.

Let’s take a look at some of the stats:

  • 60% of remote workers reported that they feel less connected to colleagues
  • 16% said they experienced loneliness
  • Another, 16% found it difficult to fully communicate and collaborate with their team
  • But, only 29% of organisations have actually done something to support their employees’ mental wellbeing through this transition.

Better connected – even when apart!

At Planit Scotland, we’re like a family and on the occasions that we do get together, we always have fun – whether it’s brainstorming for our clients, enjoying a meal together or slow dancing to traditional Scottish music… but the less said about that last one, the better!

But how can we bring that spirit to our remote working lives and what difference can it make?

To help combat any feelings of isolation, it’s important to create a sense of togetherness within the team. By introducing team challenges – preferably unrelated to work – your staff will feel more connected to each other, boosting morale and creating a stronger team culture. 

Here at Planit Scotland, some of our team challenges have included pumpkin carving competitions, curating themed playlists on Spotify and photography challenges – and I’ve got plenty more up my sleeve. 

By allowing your team to get to know one another through quizzes, virtual coffee breaks, online trivia challenges and icebreaker games, you’ll find they form stronger relationships that will, in turn, help them collaborate and communicate more effectively with one another. Not to mention, your team will have greater respect and loyalty to you, your business and all you hope to achieve. 

Despite its cheesy, light-hearted name, my role as champion of cheer is far more than just fun and games. In this position, I have an opportunity to make a difference; a chance to be a champion for mental health, wellbeing, respect and kindness in the workplace – although Team Planit is pretty much nailing the latter two already. 

We might work remotely and at all corners of the UK, but as the saying goes, there’s no I in team, and I want to make sure that no matter where we are in the world, we never feel alone. 

And if you’re still in doubt about whether you have the time to commit to this approach, then think on this: 

A little bit of workplace fun will never be time wasted. In fact, it can be the best use of time there is if you want to build a team that is dedicated, productive and inspired.

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