The year 2020 was tough on everyone, with a global health crisis upending life as we knew it. Widespread vaccination is on the way, with health experts estimating that we could be back to some semblance of normal by next summer. But we’re starting off the new year in a dark place, and your team is likely exhausted, and a bit burned out. Still, there are steps you can take to shake off the difficulties of 2020 and get your team excited for the future. Here are three suggestions.
Giving back to others is a great way to boost mood and improve team cohesiveness. You’ll need to be careful to follow all health recommendations, such as masking and social distancing, but with so many people struggling due to the pandemic, volunteers are needed more than ever this year. Ask your team to pitch in on a half-day project working at a food bank, soup kitchen, or other nonprofit organization. You could also organize a toy drive or ask team members to donate warm clothing such as coats and socks for needy families.
Even in the darkest times, there are always stories of hope. Ask your team members to share their personal and career accomplishments from the past year. Gather the best stories and share them with the entire team, along with your own highlight reel of working with them and your thoughts and how the stories made you feel. Sharing your pride in your team members can help inspire them to keep striving.
Have you recently read something inspirational? Buy everyone a copy and set up a time each week to go through one or two chapters together. The shared experience will help with team bonding, while the content can spark discussions on how to improve your operations.
2020 was a tough year, and things will likely be difficult in the months to come. But hope is on the way, and in the meantime, being proactive about teambuilding and sharing can help get your team excited about the year ahead.
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