Posted on June 12 2020
To meet or not to meet... that is the question.
We hope the answer is YES!
You know the value of community, and we believe that staying connected with one another, especially during a challenging time like this, is so very important.
This doesn’t mean you have to meet in person. Thanks to technology, there are so many digital options.
Here’s how you can utilize your time together:
- Schedule a 30-minute (or more) weekly check in to pray together and encourage one another.
- Pick a 1–2 part study on Anthology. You can watch the videos on your own time and then discuss using the questions provided.
- Choose a study on YouTube. You can purchase the books, watch the videos, and then discuss online together.
To make meeting digitally as easy as possible, consider doing the following.
- Create a free online account through a video conferencing platform. There are many great options. Here are a few:
- Follow these tips for meeting digitally:
- Jump online early to make sure your video and audio are working.
- Sit close to the screen.
- Good lighting goes a long way.
- Avoid eating or getting up during group.
- Turn off any potential distractions ahead of time so you can be fully engaged.
- Since background noise can cause feedback and static noise on your call, group members should mute themselves when they are not talking to eliminate feedback.
Leadership looks a little different these days, doesn’t it? 🤔
Around here we're focusing a little less on accomplishment, and a lot more on connection.
To address the fatigue, loneliness, and fear our staff is experiencing, we're putting some extra energy into investing in the emotional health of our employees.
We're doing things like...
- Intentionally celebrating birthdays 🎉, anniversaries, and milestones with drive-by parades 🚙🚗, videos, snail mail, or chalk art.
- Using video conferencing 🖥 for emotional check-ins (as opposed to project updates)
- Asking for and addressing the tensions and fears felt by the team
- Meeting for a walk 🚶♂️ instead of a conference or video call
- Tailgating for lunch in the church parking lot
- Starting virtual team meetings with digital games
Whether you're people-oriented or task-oriented, your direct reports are likely craving encouragement over (another) to-do list.
You're doing a great work, keep it up! 🙂👍
And if we can help, please let us know.
We're all on the hunt for some more innovative ways to support our work teams.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS
in the comments section below.
Check this page in the coming days for other ideas.