Celebrate Achievements

It’s all too easy for dispersed teams to forget to celebrate their successes, but it’s important to recognize the attainment of goals. It may be even more important for a team member far removed from his or her colleagues to make a point of enjoying the team’s collective success. You can do this by organizing a videoconference and agreeing to hold a virtual party. Although this may feel a little contrived, it nonetheless allows a form of togetherness and mutual appreciation. It also invites humor as you review what went well and what didn’t…a great way of letting things go and getting them into perspective. And never underestimate the power of a handwritten congratulatory note and a symbolic gift. Whenever you help a distant colleague feel connected, you build team morale.

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