In-person team building reconnects people and repairs working relationships



In-person events are making a welcome return, and can help to repair any erosion in working relationships resulting from prolonged online interaction.


In recent weeks we have been delighted to see clients reconnecting their teams with in-person events to break their ‘Zoom Fatigue’


Whilst technology has enabled many to keep working as remote or hybrid teams, prolonged online interaction can easily erode the quality of working relationships, communication and morale.


In-person events allow people to pick up on non-verbal cues without the technical delays, glitches and misunderstandings that can confuse the social systems of the human brain. The lack of such factors online can make meetings and interpersonal engagements seem adversarial or lacking in presence even when that may not be the case.


Forbes identifies a number of times where face to face interaction significantly trumps online, they include:


When The Situation Requires Trust Building


If you need to strengthen connections


When Trying To Promote Dialogue


If The Message Involves Emotional Topics


When The Stakes Are Higher


If You Have To Discuss Volatile Topics


If You Are Starting A New Relationship


If You Have Specific Concerns To Communicate


When You Have To Convey Sensitive Information


Human beings simply form stronger emotional connections that build trust and understanding when in proximity with one another. That is the way the social systems of our brains are designed. As humans, the chemistry of our brains thrives on in-person proximity to establish empathy, working relationships and develop teams.


Some virtual and hybrid constructs are bound to remain, but in-person catch ups will be essential to recharge and maintain team engagement and performance.


Well-timed team development sessions will make a difference to remote and hybrid teams, and those simply reconnecting post-pandemic.


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