As a 100 percent remote company, it can be challenging to have “water cooler moments” — times when we strike up casual conversations and learn interesting things about one another. If you’re also a fully remote company or are looking to join a remote team, we’re here to tell you that although it can be challenging, creating spaces for water cooler moments is definitely possible.
At HiringThing, we’ve developed different strategies to help us enjoy our work days and develop genuine relationships and bonds. Below are five ways our team creates water cooler moments.
1. Week Preview Meetings
Each Monday, our entire team jumps on a 15-minute call, where we discuss work-related plans for the week. These meetings also help us strike up conversations about things that occurred over the weekend and what exciting personal things we may have planned for the week. We like to end these meetings on a celebratory note, announcing any birthdays, new employees, work anniversaries, and “hollas” for employees who went above and beyond the call of duty the previous week. These quick meetings are great ways to casually connect at the beginning of each week.
2. Slack Channels
It’s important for remote teams to use a tool that will allow them to consistently connect with one another. At HiringThing, Slack is our go-to. We have various fun channels, like #random, where we share work jokes, photos of kids, pets, and tasty lunches, and much more. We also use this channel for fun games like workplace trivia. In addition, we have a channel called #fitfunandwellness, where we share healthy recipes and workouts and generally motivate each other to be fit and healthy. For competitive individuals, we also use this channel as a way to team up for group challenges/activities.
Although we can’t run into each other in a coffee or lunch room, these Slack channels help our team keep non-work-related conversations flowing throughout the day.
3. “Mandatory Happy Fun Time”
This fun phrase was coined by our CEO, Joshua Siler (we even made t-shirts!). The premise is that all employees are required to have fun with one another whether they want to or not. Totally kidding! “Mandatory happy fun time” is curated by our HR team and includes fun activities like answering workplace trivia, posting fun throwback images, sharing individual fun facts, participating in team-building exercises, and more. These activities have allowed us to get to know one another on a fun, friendly level.
4. Annual Team Meet-Ups
At our annual team meetings, we all participate in bonding activities, company-wide strategy sessions, cross-departmental breakout sessions, and more. This allows us to connect on a deeper scale and build strong, long-lasting connections. Learn more about our annual team meetings in this blog post: What’s It Like to Work at HiringThing?
These communication strategies help make working remotely enjoyable. In addition, they help foster a strong workplace culture, friendship, inclusiveness, and, of course, fun! Strong moments of “chillness” can make your company that much more enjoyable to work for.
Author: Alisiana Peters
Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.