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With a little bit of effort and intentionality, you’ll stay connected with your team.

Use video during meetings

Seeing people invites more connection, even if the video quality isn’t perfect. Use any of these options:

Use virtual backgrounds in video meetings

On Zoom and Teams, you have the option to upload your own background image or choose a stock photo rather than showing your remote setup. You can choose from stock images or upload your own to show your interests and personality.

Teams how-to

Zoom how-to

You can choose from stock images or upload your own to show your interests and personality. Check out our selection from across the university.

Athletics backgrounds

More university backgrounds

 

Use pre- and post-meeting time to catch up

If you’re hosting a meeting, you can open the room early or stick around.

Choose to call instead of email

This especially makes sense when it would prevent a long email thread.

Remember the little things that matter

Message a colleague if you come across something that reminds you of them.

Make personal connections

Share memes, photos and random fun and consider creating a Team channel dedicated to this to keep the conversation going.

How to create a Teams channel

Give shout outs

On Teams, you can give praise badges to recognize a colleague for a job well done.

More ideas for staying connected

 

You’ll find blog posts, videos and podcast episodes from Human Resources with these tips for social connection and more.

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