As we all join together in the world’s largest work-from-home experiment, enterprises, universities, and organizations alike are looking to video communications to maintain day-to-day work and productivity. But as more companies make full-time remote working mandatory, they’re facing questions on how to bring organizational culture and communities to virtual environments.
Company and organizational culture is arguably one of the most important aspects of keeping morale and engagement high in any workplace, and even more so now that many of us are remote employees. In this post, I’ll share some real-world examples of virtual events and ideas centered around culture and community that you can bring to your organization with Zoom.
Get your team together for a themed day. Zoom’s internal Happy Crew does a great job putting together themed days where Zoom employees can get on Gallery View and share each other’s get-ups. Here’s one from this past Halloween:
Other companies have done fun work-from-home events, such as “Bring your Pets to Zoom” day.
Virtual lunch and learns (or just lunches!)
Amid mass social distancing and isolation, Chipotle is creating a virtual event for arguably one of the most important aspects of community — conversation over a shared meal. Sharing a meal is an excuse to catch up and talk, and one of the few times where people are happy to put aside their work and take time out of their day to decompress. Keep your teams connected and in touch with a virtual lunch or coffee hour.
Fast-casual chain Chipotle is hosting virtual lunch get-togethers all this week, with celebrity guests and free giveaways. You can find the daily Zoom Meeting links on the chain’s Twitter page.
“The Bachelor” Colton Underwood hosted today’s Chipotle event
Tips for event hosts
- If you’re hosting a virtual lunch for employees or close groups, turn it into a Zoom Meeting (versus a webinar) so everyone can see each other and interact.
- If you’re hosting a webinar for a live broadcast, make sure you’re incorporating interactive elements such as live Q&A and chat. When answering questions coming in, make sure you thank and address attendees by name to make the experience a little more special.
Tips for attendees
- As an attendee, make sure you’re muted while you chew. Pro tip: Keep your mic muted and hold the spacebar to unmute your mic for any quick comments. Once you let go of the spacebar, you’ll go back to being muted.
- Try not to bring work-related agendas to these meetings. Focus on connecting with your colleagues, not just crossing off action items.
Virtual office hours
There are so many features within Zoom that you can leverage beyond your typical video meeting. Virtual office hours are blocks of time where you’re accessible for drop-in questions and conversations. This is especially great for team leaders or educators to open up their time without requesting 1-on-1 scheduled meetings. Leverage features such as Waiting Rooms and co-annotation and interactive whiteboarding to make the most out of your time.
The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one or admit them all at once. Find out how to leverage Waiting Rooms in this support article.
Interactive whiteboarding & co-annotation
With interactive whiteboarding and co-annotation, instructors and students can leverage their mobile device, tablet, or desktop to co-annotate over a blank whiteboard or over shared content.