4 daily connection questions to ask a remote team

By guest contributor Graeme Cowan, Speaker, Author and Board Director RUOK?

Loneliness is a greater well being threat than the virus for the vast majority of your team.

A good mate of mine, Bernie Orenstein, has been leading a remote group of developers in the Philippines.

He has built great engagement by having a 10 minute ‘stand up’ Zoom meeting at the start of each day. The questions have been modified slightly since the start of the pandemic.

These are the 4 daily questions Bernie is (and every manager should be) asking to build care, connection, and contribution during this crisis.

  1. R U OK? Do you feel safe or unsafe? – this seeks to understand how they – and their families – are feeling about the health crisis before anything else is discussed. If someone is not feeling great – the whole team pitches in with support and ideas. They don’t move on until this is resolved
  2. What did you get done yesterday? – this can be cause for a mini celebration – or support
  3. What is your #1 goal today? – this helps everyone identify a bite sized chunk to focus on
  4. Are there any impediments to your #1 goal?

Bernie also reinforces the meaning of their work each day and says the results have been remarkable.

Don’t underestimate how important the efforts to improve team care and connection are during these challenging times.

To hear more from Graeme on how to build a culture of care, you can tune into the recording of his exclusive Wellness Wise™ TV episode in The Hub.

For a sneak peek, see below!

Graeme Cowan

Graeme Cowan specialises in preventing and treating work related fatigue, stress and poor innovation. Graeme works with leaders Australia wide who believe that caring teams outperform, and who want their team to be mentally healthy and innovative. As a Board Director of R U OK?, he has watched this simple idea lead to substantial change. Audiences around the world frequently describe his style as authentic, relevant, compelling, and thought provoking. He is the author of 5 books, including the internationally acclaimed Back from the Brink, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and which has become a best seller in China.

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