Tips for recreating informal social time Connect with your colleagues
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.
You can choose from stock images or upload your own to show your interests and personality. Check out our selection from across the university.
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.
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.