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Keeping in touch with friends is hard work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Various social media pages, like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, help us with relationship status updates or significant accomplishments, but that’s not enough.
The problem with social media is that it buries the people that we care about under the most recent news and information. Because of that, we have to rely on in-person interaction to strengthen the relationship. Going to a café to drink coffee or eating dinner together is an opportunity to catch up on the latest events in our friends and family’s lives.
However, if the whole world is going through a coronavirus pandemic, we are all stuck in our homes. Fortunately, VP Legacies have a free online course on personal connection, which shows people how they can personally connect in the midst of a global pandemic. The course is offered daily and live on Facebook and Instagram.
Think about it, we are all working at home, and there is a significant physical distance between our loved ones and us. During these lonesome times, we crave social interaction with our friends, family, and colleagues, but we don’t know where to begin.
Luckily, there are plenty of solutions, and with that in mind, here is how you can keep in touch with friends and family during the tough times.
Whenever we want to stay in touch with someone, there is a chance that they want to stay in touch with us as well. Unfortunately, it could be too awkward to send a message without reason. Some people get around this awkwardness by sending in an exciting article, memes, or funny videos.
The best thing to do is to send content that is funny, witty, and meaningful to the person. The person who received the content will find it eye-catching and will be persuaded to catch up. Either way, it’s an excellent strategy to stay in touch with the people we love and cherish.
Sending a friend or family something simple and fun is a quick method to renew a conversation. However, if we haven’t spoken to a particular person for a long time, this type of content may not be enough. When sending something simple and funny, it’s essential to remember all the people that we want to stay in touch with. In fact, it’s advisable to send content to a new mix of people as frequently as possible.
Recalling happy memories that we share with our friends and family is an excellent way to get back in touch again. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work to remember every specific event with a particular person, especially when a significant amount of time has passed.
Luckily, Twitter and Facebook can help resurface all the photos and posts that happened years ago. This is a convenient way of reconnecting, even though it may not encompass the most important memories.
People who are good at networking and staying in touch are sharp at remembering important memories from the past. After all, they tend to be the ones that take the initiative to capture photos or write down experiences in a journal.
For people that we genuinely care about, it’s worth saving memories and storing information in an organized manner. When we feel the need to reconnect, we can resurface those funny memories from the past.
This kind of message requires us to follow current events both publicly and personally to connect in a meaningful way with the people we want to stay in touch with. Some people are already using this method, but those who are exceptionally good at it can effectively use other strategies as well, like:
Sending Personal Holiday Wishes
When the holidays come around, it’s time to send out happy wishes like “Happy New Years,” “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Halloween” to catch up with all contacts.
Birthday wishes often contain messages that make us smile or laugh. They may also include a collage of images to resurface all the memories and experiences.
Article of interest
A strategic way of keeping in touch with old friends is finding the topic of interest, and sending an article that contains new information about it. The content can restore a bonding relationship to let our friends know that we care about them.
A great way to connect with your friends is by sending them a website to your favorite online games and inviting them to play. For example, if your friend loves to play poker, then inviting them to go online to play virtual poker is an excellent strategy to reconnect, bond, and have fun.
It’s impossible to go to the movie theater or invite friends over for movie night when you are doing something called social distancing. Fortunately, you can turn on the WebCam or get on Skype, and pick a movie on Netflix. For example, movies like Frozen, Joker, or Parasite are fun and entertaining. Streamed movies together so you can watch it simultaneously with your loved ones.
The worst part about a pandemic is that practically all the restaurants are closed down. Luckily, because of the advancement in technology, we have Skype, WebCam, video cam, and much more. All you have to do is turn on one of these programs, cook dinner, and eat together. You can enjoy a delicious meal while video chatting at the same time.
Sending a postcard or letter with handwritten messages is an excellent way to reconnect and keep in touch with friends and family. Even though emails are convenient and fast, a handwritten note reflects a meaningful and nurturing relationship that emails cannot portray.
Handwritten letters have emotions and personality, and is a great way to reconnect with people that we haven’t spoken to in ages. Keep in mind that technology is just a medium and that a strong relationship can be built without it.
Just imagine how frequently people get in touch with contacts in distant places before the advancement of technology and the internet.
Showing That You Care
True friends will always care and reach out to see if everything is OK. They don’t need to have a reason or intention to reconnect; they just reach out because they love and genuinely care about us.
One of the most horrible reasons that people reconnect is that they have a favor to ask. The lack of care can make it problematic to reconnect with old friends. The best way to keep in touch is to say hello or send something funny and quirky without having any intention or asking for a favor.
Building a Relationship With Yourself
The current coronavirus pandemic has left a lot of people quarantined in their homes. This may be an excellent opportunity for building a relationship with yourself.
If you are a busy individual, you may notice that there is a lack of time for yourself, and that can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Fortunately, being quarantined can give you time to reflect and think about what you want in life and what makes you happy. Before reaching out to people or keeping in touch with loved ones, it’s essential to have a good relationship with yourself.
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So What Does This Means for Introverts and Extroverts?
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, everyone can benefit from learning various techniques to keep in touch with friends. It doesn’t have to be difficult or awkward, just a couple of meaningful and simple strategies listed above, and you’re on your way to starting long hours of conversation and reminiscing together.
Don’t forget about self-love; it’s vital to have a personal connection with yourself before reaching out to others, especially during the pandemic.
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Social media during the Coronavirus era
By now, almost everyone is familiar with the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 coronavirus. More than half the U.S. population is in a state of lockdown, with people leaving their homes solely for necessities and only working if their business performs functions deemed “essential” by local governing authorities. The term “social distancing,” once an outdated phrase associated with the 1918 flu pandemic, is now a part of everyday conversation.
But what kind of conversations are we having as we practice social distancing? This method of self-isolation to limit the coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we communicate with family, friends, and colleagues. In-person meetings have moved to Zoom or Skype and birthday parties have become Facetime and Duo calls.
Though social media was once considered a factor contributing to feelings of loneliness, these platforms have emerged as a means for personal connection during the current lockdown experience. People are finding ways to socialize online to replace the lack of person-to-person engagement. Entire families have found solace in learning TikTok dances while DJs perform nine-hour musical sets on Instagram Live. Here at VP Legacies, we are focusing on ways to stay connected and maintain important relationships through any hardships you may be experiencing. In today’s post, we’ll explore some ways social media can keep us connected during this time of self-isolation.
There’s no question that social media has a defining place in our lives, especially as we learn to adopt a new lifestyle governed by coronavirus precautions and physical isolation. The CDC has even recognized the important place social media holds in our public consciousness and posted a social media toolkit to ensure correct messaging is being shared online. Why is social media particularly valuable right now as a means of connection?
Connecting through social media can help save money
First, social media exists as an inexpensive means of communication. As mass layoffs sweep the nation, many are feeling the need to save money and focus on connection in a cost-effective manner. Practically every social media app is free to download and use. With applications like Whatsapp, people can make text, video, and voice calls internationally through WiFi rather than getting charged on their phone bills.
Personally Connect with many people at once on social media
Another positive aspect of using social media is the ability to connect with many people in one place. One can find a number of high school acquaintances just by clicking through the “Recommended Friends” list on Facebook. Direct messaging features on Facebook, Instagram and Slack allow the user to connect one-on-one or with a group.
Easily share memories and moments on social media
Sharing media such as photos, memes, images, and video is only a click away on social media. In fact, one can even share the same image across several social media platforms at once. Instagram allows users to share a photo or video on its own platform and simultaneously on Facebook as well as Twitter.
Video chat through social media
While Zoom and Skype are popular for remote meetings in a professional context, some social media apps, such as Facebook or Whatsapp, allow for video chatting in a casual setting. This allows friends with different smartphone devices to connect easily through a shared platform. With one quick download, users can connect with anyone regardless of whether they’re using an iOs or Android system.
A 2019 report showed there are over 3 billion social media users worldwide, which explains the wide array of social media applications on the market today. From networking apps to specialized interests, there are platforms to suit a number of different social needs. Let’s explore some of those communication needs below.
Friends and Family
For staying in touch with friends, family, and the general public, the social media options are endless. Users can choose from platforms depending on whether they want to find old friends, share photos or videos, or meet new people.
Twitter. One of the most popular and enduring forms of social media, Twitter has become an important means of communication for members of the White House, well-known organizations, and international celebrities. Fame notwithstanding, it’s also a great outlet for pithy expressions, status updates, and news bits (there’s a 280 character limit on Twitter posts, also known as tweets) from the everyday user. You can also post images and videos to Twitter, which others can “like” or “repost” for others to see. Use Twitter if you don’t mind strangers following your account and seeing media you upload to the web.
Facebook. Facebook is commonly known as a means of catching up with friends and family members. There are even storiesof long-lost sweethearts that reunited on Facebook. Facebook allows you to keep your pictures and videos private and only connect with friends that you approve to view your profile (just be sure to review your account’s security settings before posting anything). This multifunctioning platform not only enables direct messaging and group messaging but also offers its users the ability to video chat. Learn how here.
Instagram. Instagram allows users to post photos, short and long-form videos, and “Instastories,” which are photos or videos that others can view for a 24-hour period. Instagram acts as a sort of digital photobook that your friends and followers can view, like, and comment on. Instagram Live broadcasts, a live streaming video function, have become a popular feature especially during the current lockdown period as well as IGTV videos that can be uploaded and shared on your profile. As with Facebook, you have the ability to keep your profile private if desired or open to the public depending on your account security settings. Those who enjoy viewing, taking, and sharing photos with friends will likely find Instagram a fun app to try.
Snapchat. If you’ve seen those whimsical selfies of your friends looking like a cartoon character, it’s likely they used a Snapchat account to take the picture. Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app that allows users to message each other, share photos for a 24-hour period, and take wonderfully humorous photos with numerous filters that the company updates on a frequent basis. People who enjoy taking humorous photos that don’t last forever on the web will enjoy this platform. For those who are shy about selfies and are seeking an empowering way to build confidence, check out our course “How To Build A Strong Relationship With Yourself.”
TikTok. TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Generally used to upload very short videos of 15 seconds at most, this app has given people of all ages a reason to get off their couches and learn the latest TikTok dance. It’s also a good place to share video memes, humorous clips, and short announcements to followers. Check out TikTok if you’re looking for short-form entertainment and funny videos to brighten your day. Chances are, a number of your friends are already on the app right now.
Whatsapp. As mentioned briefly in the previous section, Whatsapp allows users to set status updates, send text messages, and make voice and video calls internationally without charge. This function is especially useful when traveling; users can turn off roaming charges on their smartphones and use Whatsapp to communicate across a WiFi network. If you can get your friends and family to download Whatsapp, you can stay in touch no matter where you are with the app’s easy group messaging functions. Sharing video and photos through the messaging service is also simple and easy on the Whatsapp platform.
WeChat. WeChat offers the same features as Whatsapp, messages, voice and video calls, but also boasts a number of other capabilities such as acting as an e-wallet, storing virtual membership cards, providing news updates and top stories, and even allowing for games to be played directly in the app. WeChat can be seen as a number of different apps in one platform.
There are also social media options for keeping in touch with work colleagues, professional contacts, and networking. These applications address different needs and allow you to maintain important communications during this current period of social distancing.
LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most popular online networking platforms on the web. Through the app, you can connect with professionals in any industry and share promotional videos, informative blogs, and helpful images with your contacts. LinkedIn also allows you to post your work experience online and search for job postings as well.
Skype. Typically used for online conferences and meetings, Skype has some features that also allow for social interactions. Other than video and voice calls, you can also message colleagues and send media through the messaging system.
Slack. Slack is a versatile messaging application that many modern companies are using to keep team members in close communication. Slack allows your team to use one-on-one messaging and group messaging functions to stay connected and on task with ongoing projects.
Facebook. While Facebook is a great way of staying in touch with friends and relatives, its marketing capabilities are also helpful to companies hoping to promote their services and products. In response to the current outbreak crisis, Facebook has created a grant program to help small businesses stay afloat. Learn more here.
Gchat and Google Hangouts. Available through the Google Mail application, Gchat allows users to chat online with friends and colleagues and share pictures and video. Google Hangouts is also available through Gmail and, like Facebook, can be used for voice and video calls as well.
Other variations of social media platforms may appeal to people who are interested in a specific type of media or topics of interest.
YouTube. YouTube is the biggest video-sharing platform available, offering videos from millions of different users from all over the world. It’s considered social media because you have the opportunity to interact with other users by liking, sharing, and commenting on uploaded videos. Users should be aware that content posted to the comments section can be viewed by the general public.
Poshmark. Poshmark is an online selling platform where users sell used and new items of clothing, accessories, and household items. Those with an account can set up a profile and set up a digital “storefront” for other users to shop from. Users can communicate and comment on each other’s items for sale.
Pinterest. Pinterest is a popular image sharing platform where users can “pin” images they like to their own account. Pinterest is frequently used as a source of inspiration (hence the term “Pinspiration”) for party planners, designers, and crafty DIY enthusiasts. Users can communicate with each other and share images they’ve created or found online.
NextDoor. The NextDoor app was created as a communication hub for members of the nearby community. Many have found it helpful to be in touch with neighbors to stay connected on local events and news. The NextDoor app has also been useful for providing support to others during the outbreak and locating lost pets in the neighborhood.
Ring. The Ring app was originally created as a security application to monitor your property and the nearby vicinity. However, Ring also allows nearby neighbors to post security concerns and possible criminal activity in the community. This allows users who live near each other to stay updated on any suspicious goings-on and keep the neighborhood safe.
How to get started on social media
The first step to getting started on social media means setting up a profile and getting acquainted with the application itself. Don’t be afraid to look up some tutorials online to help set up your social media account. Be sure to check your account’s security settings so that you’re only sharing media with the people you want to see it.
Consider the above list of social media platforms and see which of them fulfills your current social interaction needs. If you have friends or family who are already using social media, ask them for assistance. They’ll likely have lots of advice for which platform is appropriate for you and may turn out to be your first friend on social media.
Once your profile is set up and you’ve checked your account settings, you can start reaching out to others on social media. Be careful not to share your personal information with strangers and don’t share media that might make others uncomfortable. Most social media apps will send you a few recommendations for friends when you join an app like Facebook or Instagram to get you started.
Connect with those you’re close to and don’t be offended if they take a while to respond. Most users have accounts on several different platforms but they may not check their notifications every day. Be patient and soon you may be reconnecting with old friends and relatives from all over the world on social media.
Whether you choose to reach out to friends, family, or professional contacts online, there is likely a social media platform that can help you stay connected during this time of self-isolation. We hope this post gave you inspiration to reach out to your loved ones. While it’s not easy to catch up with friends while social distancing, social media technology offers us many creative opportunities to maintain the relationships we value most.
If you’re hoping to make new friends as well, consider taking an online course to meet classmates and helpful instructors. At VP Legacies, you can join a friendly community of people hoping to connect, just like you. Try our free course, “How To Connect in the Midst of a Global Pandemic,” available live daily on both Facebook and Instagram.
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Recently, millions of Americans have started working at home. This is mainly because of the COVID-19 spreading at the speed of light. Employers are afraid that the workers can get infected with the virus and spread it in the workplace. With that in mind, staying at home is the safest way to prevent getting infected.
If you need help from a colleague, video chat platforms can be an excellent way to collaborate at a distance. If you want to catch up with a friend, why not have a video chat conversation. Platforms like Skype and Facetime can provide ways to help you connect with people. If you want to eat dinner with someone you care about, it’s advisable to cook a delicious meal, turn on the WebCam, and video chat. You can eat and chat at the same time, which is very close to being there physically. Video chatting is an excellent way to connect with loved ones, so you don’t feel too isolated at home.
If you feel like watching TV, then connecting the computer to the television to stream the videos on a different screen. The significant part about this is that you can call your friend and have them stream the same video from Netflix onto their TV. That way, you and your friends can watch the same movies or show without being in the same location.
Social distancing and isolation can be very stressful. Our daily routine of social interaction is disrupted because of the pandemic. In addition to that, people often feel helpless during this situation because there’s nothing they can do to stop the virus. The situation is uncontrollable and unpredictable, which brings fear to a lot of people’s lives.
Fortunately, there are a lot of meditation and mindfulness apps to help us through the day. Through daily meditation and listening to peaceful sounds or guided meditation from the app, we can relax and go through the process smoothly.
It can be challenging to know what to do during this situation. Some people are not good at working at home or being isolated for an extended period.
Quiet time does not mean to let technology dominate your isolation. This is the opportunity to maximize phone conversations with friends and family. Keep in mind that once the pandemic is over, everyone will go back to their regular routine. People will be too busy to talk or connect because they are focused on work and life. However, during the pandemic and isolation, people have more free time, so they are more likely to communicate. This is why it’s essential to take the time to make a phone call, text, or video chat to catch up with old friends.
Virtual socializing ideas
Here are strategies to virtually socialize with your friends and family:
Online watch parties
If there’s a movie or show that you want to watch with your friends, then give them a call. The strategy is to coordinate with each other to watch the same movie or show on Netflix, Hulu, or whatever is on TV. You can also turn on the webcam to chat while watching a movie or tv show. That way, it will feel like another person is also with you during the movie night.
Virtual dinner dates
If your significant other is in another city or state, then a virtual dinner date is an excellent way to bond. For example, if both of you guys are craving pasta, you can make some pasta, turn on the WebCam, and have a romantic dinner night.
A good old phone call
Since social isolation gives you an ample amount of free time, it’s advisable to take this opportunity to call up an old friend or colleague. A good old fashion phone call is a great way to have a personal connection and bond with loved ones. It’s more meaningful to hear someone’s voice and have an actual conversation rather than sitting on the couch and constantly texting.
Take Home Message
Because of COVID-19, people are required to stay at home to prevent the virus from spreading. This can be a stressful situation because you are away from friends and family, but with the right strategy, you will be able to stay in touch at home.
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A team that works well together is a team that brings results. Therefore, promoting sporting events as a team-building and personal connection tool will help produce the results every company is after.
Often times, especially when businesses become larger and the number of employees increases, the effectiveness of teamwork tends to decrease. This happens because the connections with new coworkers are not as strong.
Additionally, the time to dedicate to each person becomes progressively less and less. Eventually, you end up with a weaker network between team members and a low performing division.
At this point, most of us think that this is just how things go, but what is often overlooked is that problem solving and group work are like muscles. They can, and should, be trained and used to create personal connections.
We have a lot of personal connections in our lives. There’s our family. Then there’s our friends. But one important relationship out there that we often overlook is the bond we have with our coworkers and employees. These relationships often take a different approach, which VP Legacies discuss in our Personal Connection 101 course.
But for now, let’s look at how sporting events can help you with team-building, personal connection, and increase the overall performance of your team. This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic, since many offices have become remote. It may seem impossible to have the same connections with your coworkers when you can’t chat with them face-to-face or work together on a project, but with the right mindset and bonding experiences, you’ll find that your connections can be stronger than ever. Even from home.
Use Sports as a Safe Training Environment for Your Employees
If teamwork can be trained, then we need a way to practice without hurting the company. Here friendly competitions come into play. Creating a safe environment where your employees can experiment is crucial to improve their performance. You will never have a better team if you don’t give them the opportunity to train.
By utilizing sports to practice teamwork, you allow your employees to train these skills in a new environment. This removes the frustration they might be feeling at the office for not performing well as a team. While playing sports, they will start to practice without fear of failure. This allows them to focus on a fun and social task at hand for experimentation. In the end, this helps build personal connection, communication skills and a better understanding of their capabilities.
Strengthen Team Cohesion Through Matches
Divide the different sections of your company into teams and organize tournaments of team sports (soccer, basketball, etc.). Each division will have to communicate, practice problem solving, and read the opponent to bring home the victory.
This “group effort” will encourage everyone to work toward common goals and will build a sense of community. All aspects will be then transferred to their everyday life in the office. If you’re doing this from home, create a Slack channel for each “team” so they can strategize and bond together over the challenge and the tasks at hand.
Build Healthy Competition to Improve Results
In addition, to enhance the performance of single teams, tournaments build a healthy competition that drive everyone to do better. After the event, a slight “game” atmosphere will remain, and the general quality of the work produced by the divisions will improve.
And don’t be afraid to offer rewards, whether it’s a fun activity or cash money. Nobody will ever complain about receiving a gift card. But to further build on these relationships, maybe offer a fun game night over Zoom for the winners (where winners of those games will get some type of prize). This creates an opportunity for coworkers to hang out together even when projects and deadlines are not involved, carrying over that sense of comradery into every-day work life.
Using Soccer as an Example
Imagine that we have 30 employees: we can divide them into 6 teams of 5 people. At this point, we can start planning the tournament. Set up symbolic prizes for the first team and for the 3 best players (free lunch at the office or something similar). Randomize the order of the matches and that’s it.
You just set up a perfect environment for the creation of personal connection. Your employees will be forced to work as a team toward a common result and bond with each other= to win the prizes. Even if in a playful way, you are training their ability to perform better as a team.
Create a “safety net” for More Sustainability in the Long Run
Sporting activities, especially group ones, are perfect for connecting and creating relationships. Building connections in a slightly competitive environment will form deeper bonds faster, which will, realistically, perform better under pressure.
Multiply this mechanism for all of your employees and you will end up with a network of strong and reliable personal connections.
This “safety network” is really the key to success when things get complicated in the office. Supporting each other during tough times helps everyone with their tasks and put effort into each project.
If you are aiming for long-term success, the sustainability of your team =makes a difference. A supportive system gives flexibility to the team and will allow it to maintain the same level of performance even if some members are going through difficult situations.
Sports, Team-building and Creating Personal Connection are Fun and Will Improve Office Culture
Physical activity is ultimately just fun, and it will help you to spread joy among your employees and colleagues. Group activities that involve team play and physical exercise have been shown to lower stress levels and ease the tensions in the workplace. They promote a more relaxed and proactive attitude, which is the approach you are looking for in a team member.
For this reason, it is best practice to schedule different activities during the year. In this way, you will make sure to relieve stress levels and office tensions.=. In addition to this, you will encourage new entries to connect with their peers and become part of the community.
The benefits of using sporting events as a team-building tool are summarized below:
Create a safe environment for your employees to experiment and become better team members.
Remove any frustration or fear of failure, allowing them to concentrate only on working as well as possible together.
Promote a team-oriented mindset and encourage everyone to work toward a common goal as part of a community.
Encourage healthy competition in your own company, which will push every division to perform better.
Allow the formation of deep networks between your employees, that will support them during hard times and grant you a more stable performance over time.
Just give your workers a good time and help them to ease tensions in the workplace. A crucial part of long term success.
These kinds of bonding activities are especially important in the coming months, now that employees are remote. A chance to work together as a team, feel accomplished and rewarded, and even find ways to bond outside of projects, will keep your coworkers feeling connected even when they’re physically apart.
A lot of people aren’t used to working remotely and could feel disconnected now that there’s nobody to say “hi” to in the office or no brainstorming sessions in the meeting room. But creating a vibe of teamwork and motivation will give everyone a new reason to bond with each other, even if it’s over Zoom calls instead.
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When it comes to improving personal connection, the first things that come to mind are charisma, active listening, and in general, being a better orator. While all of this is a big part of creating great relationships, what if I told you that there is a way to boost personal connection while tackling different parts of your life?
Sometimes we take for granted these seemingly unbreakable bonds we have with our best friends, our long-time coworkers, our family members… But at VP Legacies, we know that these are personal connections that have to be strengthened and worked on, just like any other. That’s why we offer our Personal Connection 101 course. You’ll not only be more confident in your public speaking abilities but discover new ways to connect with the people closest to you.
In this article, you will discover how and why taking care of your body is going to boost your personal connection with others and why keeping these bonds strong is more important than ever while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Utilizing “mens sana in corpore sano” as Your Personal Connection Mantra
The idea of balancing yourself is what enables you to develop a genuinely pleasant personality. Which builds more stable and healthy relationships. The reason for this comes down to a simple truth:
If you are calm and balanced, people are going to sense it.
Why physical health is crucial not only for personal connection, but for your whole life
In today’s world, most people are working with soft skills in the office. This causes them to often overlook and sacrifice physical health to chase work-related goals. When you do this, you are basically sacrificing your well-being for short-term gratification. This is not sustainable, especially in the long-term. Your energies will drop and your stress levels will rise. As a result of this, the quality of your interpersonal relationships will drop.
Physical health affects your personal relationships
Physical health affects how stressed you are, how much energy you have, and even your general mood. As you know, all these things are going to be expressed during a normal conversation via intonation, body language, and word choice.
What this means is that your physical condition can directly affect your relationships, in either a positive or negative way. It becomes clear that developing and maintaining a good level of physical health is an important part of improving the quality of personal connection and your life.
Which aspects of physical health are most important for personal connection?
Physical health has many different aspects, but you want to focus on the ones that are going to bring you the most improvement in personal connection.
1. Sleep to rest and reset
Sleep is for sure one of the most important aspects, if not the most important. Sleeping regulates your stress levels, and more importantly your energy levels. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night is not only going to improve your overall health, but it is going to make you feel more energetic and less tired during the day.
2. Exercise regularly
Physical exercise is probably one of the best ways to release stress and build self-confidence. Exercising regularly (at least 3 times a week) will make you less nervous and will give you a general feeling of control over your actions. Additionally, regular exercise is generally associated with higher energy levels. This means that over time you will feel more relaxed, more energetic, and more confident.
This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and isolation guidelines have kept a lot of people cooped up to stay safe from the spreading COVID-19 virus. Between Netflix binges and remote work schedules, it’s more important than ever to get outside and walk around or pick up a yoga routine to stretch your legs.
3. Taking care of your body through external treatments
We know that this can sound confusing, but just follow along. Face masks, massages, and sauna are all external treatments you can use to take care of your body. These treatments might also improve your physical health. What you are aiming to do is to give importance to yourself, and develop the habit of spending time to take care of yourself. We started the article by talking about how much we sacrifice our health and serenity to pursue something, and we discuss how bad this practice is, especially if done continuously.
By taking time to take care of yourself, you are shifting the focus on you to rebalance yourself, remember “mens sana in corpore sano.”
To conclude, let’s go through all the main points of this article and sum them up.
Taking care of your body can be a very powerful tool to boost personal connection while tackling a totally different area of your life.
The whole philosophy behind this is the mantra “mens sana in corpore sano,” and the idea of maintaining balance in your life.
Even if we are focusing on relationships, this idea will improve all aspects of your life
Physical health affects your mood, your energy levels, and your stress. All things that are going to heavily influence personal connection.
Sleeping at least 8 hours a night will make you more energetic and more reactive.
Exercising regularly will decrease your stress levels and build self-confidence.
Taking the time to go to the sauna or to take massage is going to shift your attention more to yourself, teaching you that the time spent taking care of yourself is time well spent.
We once could visit our parents to get brunch every weekend, maybe take a hike together. Maybe we would meet up with our best friends at the bar every Friday night to destress. But during the coronavirus pandemic, those are no longer ways we can connect with those closest to us.
Now, it’s more important than ever to keep ourselves physically and emotionally health during social distancing and isolation so we are strong enough to deal with the added efforts necessary to keep our relationships thriving.
Still looking for more inspiration? VP Legacies offers a course called How to Personally Connect in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. This free course will help you not just maintain these relationships with those closest to you, but make them stronger than ever, even if you can’t see each other as often.
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When it comes to COVID-19, the words quarantine and social distancing come to mind. It’s only natural to feel anxious about having to adjust to a new way of living. However, it’s essential to prioritize self-care, especially with the pandemic around us.
One of the biggest fears that people have is the lack of control of what’s going on and what the future entails. We normally have the ability to control various aspects of our lives, but because of the virus, we are left with an unforeseen future. Despite the situation, it’s still important to remain positive to the uncertainty and partake in a routine that keeps our mind, body, and soul healthy.
If you are wondering about the idea of self-care in isolation, definitely check out online courses from VP Legacies that can give you some great insights on what to do during the pandemic. In addition to that, here are some tips on practicing self-care in isolation.
Take care of your mind
A healthy mind leads to a healthy body, so here are ways to take care of your mind:
Get plenty of sleep
On average, adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Maintaining a healthy bedtime and wake up time routine is crucial for our sleep cycle. It’s vital to make sure that we are consistent with our body clocks, or we may end up with insomnia or trouble sleeping.
Before going to bed, unplug any devices and put your smartphone somewhere else, so you don’t get distracted at night. Dim the lights and set an alarm clock for the morning to ensure that you wake up at the same time each day.
Try to avoid taking frequent naps throughout the day; it can damage your sleep cycle at night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, then get up and do something quiet and relaxing instead of tossing and turning.
Take an eLearning course to stay engaged
Because of the quarantine and social distancing, it’s essential to not lose touch with your friends, family, and colleagues. Fortunately, VP Legacies offer a free learning course online to show you how to stay connected in the midst of a global pandemic. You can take the course daily live on both Facebook and Instagram. That way, you will never feel alone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t forget to check out other VP Legacies e-learning courses, such as How to Build a Strong Relationship with Yourselfto show you how to build a strong relationship with yourself. This is very useful because it teaches you how to enjoy the time alone and have a flourishing relationship with others. Therefore ensuring that you maintain both a professional and personal relationship while working from home.
Practice Breathing Techniques
Staying at home in isolation can be very stressful. Some people could worry or get a panic attack because of the uncertainty. Fortunately, daily meditation with the proper breathing technique can reduce stress and anxiety to help you sleep better at night.
Meditation is known to be an excellent mood stabilizer; doing this once or twice daily can have a positive impact on your life. The goal is to clear your mind and use the proper breathing technique to help shift your state of consciousness. It is recommended to take ten deep breaths over 2 to 3 minutes to relax your whole mind and body.
Stay Connected in Your Networks
Social distancing and quarantine do not have to be a lonely process; make sure to stay connected within your network.
Reach out to friends
If you haven’t talked to friends in a while, this is the perfect time to text them and get on a video cam. Because of the quarantine, everybody has a lot of time on their hands. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends and family, let them know how much you care, and to see how they feel about the pandemic.
Limit social media use
It is tempting to use social media since you are isolated at home, but try to limit the use. This is mainly because, during this time, people tend to post unnecessary information about the pandemic, which can cause more stress and fear about the situation.
In fact, this is the time to stay at home with your loved ones, watch a movie, and spend more time with them. Keep in mind that once the pandemic is over, everyone will be busy with their lives again, so it’s tough to get a chance like this to relax and have fun.
Now that you are working at home, it’s essential to find a work area with no distractions. Some people will turn an empty room or guest room into an office. If you are working during those hours, let your family know not to bother you so that you can get an ample amount of projects completed to make money to pay the bills.
Respond to messages promptly
Communication is a challenge during a pandemic, but there are ways to overcome that. Communication from work is often through a project management app like Asana, email, or phone. It’s vital to respond to messages promptly to show employers and your colleagues that you are on top of the task. If you decided to wait, you might accidentally forget about the message from all the fun and relaxing activities at home.
Turn off work notifications at night
Even though you’re working at home, your colleagues will always be contacting you or asking questions. In order to get a good night’s sleep, it’s advisable to turn off all work notifications. That way, you can spend more time with your family uninterrupted and sleep peacefully at night.
Coronavirus pandemic can be stressful, especially because the future is unknown. People feel that they have lost control of everything in their lives. This pandemic has led to social distancing and isolation, which is stressful for everyone.
Fortunately, by practicing self-care, isolation may end up being a blessing in disguise. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, practice meditation and proper breathing techniques, stay connected with your network, and have the comfort of working at home.
With that in mind, this pandemic isolation is definitely a beneficial opportunity to practice self-care in isolation.
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Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to make friends as an adult? If so, you’re not the only adult on Earth wondering this. As we age it’s harder to make friends. This is due to several factors that come with being an adult.
If you’re looking to make new friends in your older years, we got you covered. Below you will find our guide on how to make friends as an adult. At VP Legacies, our mission is to become the Netflix of Personal Communication. So this guide serves as an aggregate list of the qualities and attributes we see the most friendly adults have in common.
Making Friends As An Adult: Why Does It Seem So Daunting?
If you’re an adult you’ve most likely wondered to yourself, “Why is it so darn hard to make friends?” Well, we are here to tell you that most adults think the same thing. Making friends is harder as you age due to a few things. When you’re thrown into the real world with jobs, you will find yourself with a group of people, all different ages and in different stages of life. This means you will find it harder to make deep personal connections with other people. For a lot of adults, being friends is all about that connection you feel with other people — you feel you can trust them, tell them anything, bond on a deeper level. Those kind of connections can be made. It just takes a bit more effort.
There are other factors at play, such as falling out of touch with people and not having enough time to put into making new friends. Below you will find a few factors that make it hard to make new friends as you age.
If you’re an adult, then you know howtime-consuming being an adult is. From working (especially if you have two jobs) to running errands, there leaves little time in the day to tend to your personal needs, let alone make friends. As we age, our time becomes a precious commodity. This means that it becomes hard to find the free time to hang out with someone new or even those you have known for years.
Falling Into Old Habits
Sometimes falling into old habits can be a major issue when it comes to making friends as an adult. Maybe you’re falling into your old habit of drinking, and your friends don’t drink anymore. This will create a divide and even make it hard to hang out with them since your interests are now different.
In today’s world, technology is forever changing and improving. A few years ago, social media platforms boomed. With their rise in popularity, they took away thepersonal aspect of making friends. People feel stronger personal connections when they’re face-to-face, bonding over a shared activity or deep, emotional conversation. We can feel a sense of disconnect when we are chatting via text instead. It lacks that depth we sometimes crave from a friendship.
You may find your time invested in technology, which will make it hard to find free time to meet people in person.
If you have other priorities that take up a good portion of your time, then this can be a contributing factor as to why it’s hard to make friends. Maybe you’re a mom that’s spare time is dedicated to her kids. Maybe you work a job that doesn’t have set hours, and you must always be free to work on the fly. Whatever the reason is for your lack of free time or whatever your highest priorities are, this is a big reason as to why adults have a hard time making friends. Sometimes it just comes down to the fact that there isn’t enough time in the day to hang out with other people.
Not Staying In Touch
As we grow, our lives seem to become more hectic. People spend most of their time either working to make a living or taking care of those who are important to them. These tasks can be at the forefront of our lives, and since we are focusing on these important situations, other things can slip through the cracks. When it comes to older friends you maylose touch with them because of everything else going on in your life. It’s easy to fall out of touch with people, and this can be one of the significant factors when it comes to losing friends as an adult.
If you’re determined to make friends as an adult, you should start by mending the voids between your old friends. Those you have lost touch with can easily be contacted, and you can check in on them. You just need to rebuild that personal connection you once had by confiding in each other and being reminded of the things that made you both so compatible in the first place. Don’t stick to surface level conversations if you want that personal connection back; instead, talk about things that matter to you, things that you only would say to someone you trust.
Ask your old friends how life has been then proceeding to ask if they would like to meet up for coffee. If they agree, you can start rekindling your old friendships and have your old friends back in your life.
Find Groups With Shared Interests
If you’re looking to make new friends, it can be easier than it seems. A great way to meet new people outside of the office is to look for groups that share the same interests as you. You can search for a gardening group or a group that loves the same board games you do. These groups can be easily found on social media.
Connect With Colleagues Outside Of Work
If you work with someone and believe that you guys would be excellent friends, try hanging out with them outside of work. You can get drinks after the workday or even meet up over the weekends at a winery.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing can make it harder to create these personal connections with your coworkers. But there are a lot of ways you can still bond outside of that boring meeting about your latest project. Meet over Zoom for some coffee before work starts or start a thread in Slack dedicated to a game a lot of you play. It’ll be fun to have a conversation about something other than work — and maybe even set up times to all play the game together.
Start Your Own Group
If you’ve looked at groups on social media and haven’t found one that fits your interest perfectly or none of them feel right to you, you should try making your own group. Using a social media platform such asFacebook makes it easy to create groups for people to come together and to share their common interests. After recruiting a few people to your group, you should schedule a public or virtual meet up. This will allow you to meet new people and even start some friendships.
During the ongoing lockdown most cities are encouraging, you start to feel somewhat isolated. You want to share your thoughts about that new book you read. You want someone to talk to while you learn to paint. Having a virtual hang-out will bring some human interaction — and joy, laughter, and deep conversations — back into your life.
What Attitude Should You Have?
Now that we’ve talked about a few ways to make friends as an adult, we should talk about your attitude. We aren’t saying you have a bad attitude, we are saying that your attitude towards making friends can affect the outcome of creating new friendships. You need to be open to making personal connections, which means you need to be willing to share more about yourself than you would with, say, someone you meet up with just to play video games here and there. To make real personal connections that go beyond surface level hangouts, there are a few more things you have to keep in mind.
You shouldn’t go into a new friendship by giving your new friend all your burdens and drama. This can be off putting and make your friend decide they don’t want to pursue a relationship. At the beginning of your friendship, you should be lighthearted. People love others who are amusing and entertaining.
Being vulnerable is a key element to any relationship, romantic or not. When you’re vulnerable, you will be more inclined to open up to your friend and encourage them to open up to you. This will help you guys see what common interests and views you have. It will also build a level of trust in your friendship.
Make An Extra Effort
When starting a new friendship, it’s important to make an effort. Even making an extra effort is ideal, so your friend knows that you’re serious about your relationship with them. You should be the one to reach out first from time to time to make plans. You should also offer to help them out if need be and be there for them when they ask.
Remember To Be Yourself
Of course, no friendship will be fruitful if you aren’t yourself. You’re the important ingredient to this recipe of a long-lasting friendship, so you should let your true colors show right away. If you find that your new friend doesn’t mesh well with your personality, then don’t waste time building a relationship with someone that doesn’t appreciate you for you. If you need some help learning how to build a stronger relationship with yourself, VP Legacies has just the course for that.
We know that making friends as you age is difficult, and it seems to become more difficult with every year added to our age. This is why we created the above guide on how to make new friends as an adult to make creating new friendships as easy as can be for anyone at any age. We have covered the main reasons as to why it’s hard to make friends when you’re an adult. We have even touched based on the factors that play into this difficulty.
The best part of this guide is the tips we’ve given you on how to make new friends. From connecting through groups with shared interests to taking the leap and asking coworkers to hang out with you, these tips are bound to create some new and everlasting friendships. We look forward to seeing your friendships grow, even with your great attitude.
And remember, if you’re unsure how to build a deeper personal connection with your friends, co-workers and even strangers, VP Legacies’ Personal Connection 101 course will help with that. That’s what we are all about here; helping you build authentic and strong connections with people around you, including yourself.
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What is Netiquette and Why Does It Matter?
Various books, studies, and blogs have explored the concept of “netiquette,” defined as a set of etiquette guidelines for navigating the world of digital communication. But everything changed this year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit at a level of global proportions. National and local governments across the world moved quickly from encouraging better hygiene practices to enforcing social distance and shelter-in-place measures.
But how does social distancing, a practice meant to reduce infection and viral spread, affect our ability to create meaningful personal connections? Without the opportunity to create personal connections in person, remote communication is now our only means of interaction as we remain in isolation for an indefinite amount of time. A new emphasis is placed on netiquette as technological communication replaces the experience of person-to-person conversations.
As a result, we must be aware that our understanding of netiquette is changing as the world changes during a pandemic. Now that virtually all communication is, well, virtual, how do we ensure clarity and meaning in our modes of communication? How do we maintain valuable personal and professional relationships as we wait for the crisis to clear? At VP Legacies, we prioritize the value of personal connection and share innovative ways to improve those connections in the digital era. In today’s post, we share with you our tips for etiquette for remote communication in 2020.
Email or Phone Call
Let’s start at square one. If you’re about to reach out to an old friend, you may be wondering whether you should start with an email or phone call. If the friend lives in a different time zone or country, it may be best to open up communications with an email so that you don’t wake them up at an ungodly hour.
An email allows your friend or relative to read the correspondence at their leisure and gets some time to write back a thoughtful reply. You can include a suggestion to talk on the phone soon and ask when would be a good time for them to talk. Doing so allows you to find a time that works for both of you to have a relaxed and pleasant conversation.
When it comes to professional communication, be aware of the culture of your office or company and respond to emails and phone calls as you have done in the past. The general rule is to respond with the same mode of communication that another has reached out to you with. For example, if a colleague emails you, email them back. If a business contact leaves you a voicemail, do them the honor of a return call.
Here are some general guidelines for using phone and email:
Discern between personal and professional communication. Maintain a professional tone for work calls and emails and adopt a friendly tone for personal calls and emails.
Avoid emailing spam to both friends and work colleagues. Defined as “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients,” spam emails are impersonal and usually unwelcome. Instead of sending spam, take the time to compose personal emails to one or a few recipients (such as a group of friends) at a time.
Speak at normal volume when talking over the phone. Avoid the urge to shout into the phone.
Never send emails in all caps, whether in a friendly or professional capacity.
Avoid using sarcastic comments in all emails to avoid misunderstandings. If they can’t hear your tone, they may not understand what you mean.
It’s perfectly human to feel unsure about reaching out to certain people, whether they be loved ones, long lost friends, or professional contacts. The current situation is confusing for many and communication can easily become muddled in the fray of a pandemic. Check out VP Legacies’ course, How To Personally Connect In The Midst of a Global Pandemic, to gain some footing and maintain meaningful connection during this time.
Video Chat Etiquette
You’ve made it to the next level of remote communication and ready for some new technology. Are you ready to video chat? Here’s some pointers to get you started.
First, schedule a time and date when setting up a video chat with loved ones or colleagues. Then decide which application you’ll be using. It may be Facetime on the iPhone or Duo for Android. Or you can use Zoom, Skype, or Bluejeans on your computer. For those still exploring options, Bluejeans is a video conferencing app much like Zoom and Skype. Whichever you choose, inform anyone joining the video call of what application you’ll be using and send them a reminder when it’s almost time for your chat.
If you’re joining a video meeting for work, set up a space in your home office or any clean space in your house that won’t distract others from the meeting. Prepare ahead of time by downloading the proper application for the remote video conference and testing it out with a friend or relative to make sure your audio and visual settings are in order. Because you won’t be able to pass around any paperwork during the remote call, be sure to send anything you want meeting attendees to view ahead of time so they have time to take a look before the video call. Have any visuals you want to present ready in both physical and digital formats. And of course, be sure to change out of those pajamas first!
Video chatting a friend is much more informal and you’ll feel immensely more connected just being able to see them smiling back at you. Just be considerate of anything that might make your friends or loved ones uncomfortable. If you’re involved in an activity that might cause others embarrassment or discomfort, it’s best to wait until you’ve completed the task to join a group video chat. Your best (and not too revealing) pajamas will likely be perfectly acceptable for a friendly video call.
Social media etiquette is complicated territory. Keep in mind that you may encounter those who do not heed etiquette for remote communication in this outlet. Because of this, use discretion when it comes to social media communication. Depending on the culture of your workplace, you may want to keep social media where it belongs: in your social life rather than professional life. Despite any challenges you may encounter though, social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family.
The messaging functions on Facebook and Instagram function in much the same way as email. If you’re trying to reach a friend who is active on a certain platform, messaging them through that app may be more effective than emailing them. It’s also an easy way to share media and photos, though again, be conscious of anything that would make your friends uncomfortable. In the event you’re venturing into new and unfamiliar modes of social media, such as Tiktok or Snapchat, don’t hesitate to ask a friend or relative to guide you through the process, or find a tutorial online to get started.
The three cardinal rules of social media are:
Respect privacy by not sharing personal photos or media of loved ones unless they have given you permission to do so.
Be yourself even if you’re still learning the ropes on social media.
Do not bully, stalk, or harass others and don’t say to anyone anything you wouldn’t say in person.
Work and Classroom Etiquette
In addition to those participating in online work meetings, remote brainstorm sessions, and video interviews, there are also students of all ages learning how remote etiquette is being handled in the digital classroom. Adults signing onto Zoom for work training, taking eLearning soft skill classes, or even recreational courses can learn from the following guidelines:
If someone is speaking, and you’d like to participate, raise your hand as you would in the classroom. Some virtual classroom apps also have a “raise hand” button you can press to alert the administrator that you have a question or problem.
Many apps feature a chat window where you can interact with classmates. Be respectful of that privilege and resist the temptation to fill the chat with links, images or topics that are off subject or distracting to the instructor and students.
Share feedback with your instructor if something about the class isn’t working for you, whether technical or otherwise. As we are all learning from this experience, constructive feedback is necessary to improve the process and streamline the learning curve.
Be kind to instructors or whoever is speaking, especially ones that are just learning how to use digital tools for education. It’s not easy to teach a roomful of people and perhaps it’s even harder to teach to an empty room, so be mindful of your instructor’s or administrator’s feelings and genuine efforts.
We hope this post provides for you more opportunities to maintain the relationships you hold dear during a difficult and isolated time. Etiquette, whether in person or online, is an expression of courtesy and respect for your colleagues, relatives, and friends and they will be sure to appreciate your efforts. With the help of technology and a little practice, you’ll be switching between apps and devices like a pro and connecting with loved ones from all over the world.
As many are realizing during this pandemic lockdown, it’s more important than ever to nurture our personal and professional relationships. With the right tools, those valuable connections can continue to grow and flourish. Start with VP Legacies’ course, Personal Connections 101, to join a warm community of others just like you and learn to foster the friendships you already have, even from many miles away.
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Remote Team Best Practices
Remote work is slowly gaining popularity and many studies are starting to indicate employees are more productive in remote teams. Other than workplaces deemed “essential” by state governments, offices have been forcedto embrace a remote teamwork environment given the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have seen people struggle to maintain their ability to stay connected to others remotely. That is why we built an online series of courses to help address this problem. Here are some remote team best practices so your team is thriving while at home.
Typically, the main challenges remote work brings to employees are:
Face-to-face interactions bring with it an organic and seamless way of communicating between team members. This is naturally lost with remote work where managers or team leads are never sure whether employees are working, or what their status is on certain items. Pair this with no effective communication platform and things can be quite radio silent. In addition to this, a lack of communication within the company and teams can erode any culture and camaraderie that exists between employees, negatively impacting productivity in the long-run.
Remote work will also involve team members operating on different schedules and slowly blurring their distinction between work and leisure. This means some employees may choose to work longer but more relaxed hours and send off messages at various times of the day. This can disrupt the cohesive work life delineation that is provided when in the office.
Socializing and Personal Connection
A lack of communication comes with less socialization and culture-building activities. Gone are the ways of grabbing a beer with colleagues at the end of the day before heading home or going on an impromptu coffee break. All of this can negatively affect culture within the team and the necessary bonding between colleagues required for productive and creative work. Improving your ability to personally connect with others is a skill you have to develop just like any other.
Documentation becomes ever more important when remote working as no one can be fully in sync with what’s happening, who’s working on what, and why. This means tools such as Google Drive, Trello, and Asana are required to help organize information virtually for the company so that those required have easy access.
Use video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts to manage live team meetings.
Pair this with a powerful open communication platform such as Slack where employees can create their own public channels, group threads, and actively communicate across multiple devices such as Web, Tablet, and Mobile.
Help your employees with better task management and team transparency through project management tools such as Monday.
Establish an online documentation repository by leveraging free tools such as Google Drive and it’s associated Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Another popular alternative is Notion.
Encourage employees to turn work notifications off when the day ends
When fully connected throughout the day at home the line between when work starts and ends can quickly blur. This can mean as your remote employees adapt to different schedules and routines, many of them may be getting a lot more notifications past business hours. It can be tempting for them to reply but over the long run this will just encourage a culture where everyone is connected and working all day – not good for long-term employee well-being.
A good way to establish boundaries and not tempt them into replying to a notification at any other, for fear they’re not a ‘team player’ is to encourage your team to switch off notifications when their day ends. You can also educate them on methods of selective muting. If there are certain notifications they need (e.g. your VP) then messaging apps such as iMessage or Slack do enable custom do not disturb toggles to turn off for certain contacts.
Active communication is necessary when remote working as the face to face presence of knowing everyone is working on different tasks goes away in remote settings. A good practice in communication is to reply quickly during business hours, even if employees are engaged in other tasks. If employees are going to take a break, head out for lunch, or even into a meeting. Encourage them to utilize status messages and ping their active teammates to let them know what they’re up to.
Make time for socializing virtually
A big part of why we love working as a team is the culture and camaraderie that forms when in the office. Your colleagues are also your friends and this means while working remotely a more active effort needs to be made to enjoy the same socialization a team would get in-office. Encourage your teams to host social sessions virtually where everyone is on video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts. Some ways to spark a social occasion is to celebrate the end of the week by having a virtual beer and wine after-work chat, or celebrating successes and special occasions such as a team members birthday.
Keep everyone in the loop
Utilize tools to ensure that all business agendas and updates are transparent and easily accessible for anyone to be in the loop. There are tools such as Notion that can be used to capture any notes, and embed recorded meetings or screenshares for employees to access later. A more open communication platform such as Slack or Microsoft Teams will allow dedicated channels for employees to join if they’d like to see group conversations happening and stay in the loop. It’s also a good practice for any larger company meetings to be followed up with a recap email send out to all team members.
It can be easy to keep tabs on professional development and team one-on-ones when in the office by heading out for coffee or lunch. When engaging in a remote working practice, try to schedule in such sessions even though they are virtual. Similarly, since managers and employees won’t be actively working together, it’s important to establish more documentation and project management so that when it comes to providing feedback supervisors can reflect on tangible work outputs.
Another great way to keep employees engaged while working from home is with a dynamic eLearning program customized to your company’s needs. VP Legacies saves you valuable time and effort by providing eLearning content with 50% higher employee engagement than the industry average. This cost-efficient opportunity not only expresses to team members that you care about their professional development but also maintains a sense of momentum and accomplishment that will bolster morale even as work continues from home.
The most important aspect of ensuring a thriving remote office is mirroring much of the personal connection and socialization that already exists within the workplace. This dynamic develops organically given the face-to-face nature of working on-site, but maintaining it remotely requires a more proactive and dedicated effort. A culture of clear communication, transparency, relationship-building, and professional development is crucial to keeping your remote office flourishing.
Strong professional connection and adept communication is ultimately what stands out in the most successful remote work teams and companies today. Give your company the opportunity to grow and advance beyond expectations. Whether it’s a customized eLearning course developed to inspire your team or a life-changing Personal Connection course to expand the meaning of personal connection, VP Legacies is here to help.
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COVID-19 is wreaking havoc around the world, causing many governments to declare national emergencies. This has led to enforced lockdowns and social distancing procedures. The WHO has even stated that the single most effective method to ensure our healthcare systems aren’t overwhelmed is by citizens adopting social distancing measures.
In this piece, we’ll go over what is social distancing and the many rules surrounding it. After you read through it, check out VP Legacies’ course on building a stronger relationship with yourself. This course will help you appreciate this time you have to spend with yourself and help you discover things about yourself you may not have known.
Social Distancing – What Are the Rules?
Social distancing in a nutshell is about avoiding interaction with other people around you. It’s a set of measures one can take to ensure they avoid situations where they may contract COVID-19 or spread it to others. This is because COVID-19 has a reproductive factor of 3.3, meaning that for every individual that’s a carrier, they will spread it to three others they come into contact with – making it a highly contagious viral infection.
In short, the rules are simple. Stay at home as much as possible, limit being in any crowds or interacting with other individuals. When outside, maintain at least six feet of distance from others to limit accidental spread or contraction of the virus.
Going outside is discouraged, but if one must go outside then there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, try to venture outside when commute times and foot traffic is less busy. This means aiming to visit the grocery store or postal office in off-peak hours such as between 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm.
Similarly, when outside, try to commute via the least public means possible. Drive to places instead of taking any public transit to minimize your exposure to other people. When you do have to go outside, try to maintain at least six feet in social distance between others, whether that’s while waiting in line at the store or walking along the street.
The intention is to try and limit when you need to go outside, so only venture out for essential activities such as medical appointments, to grab groceries, or for work. But if in any of these cases there is a way to carry out the activities while at home, such as working remotely or having groceries delivered to your house, then this option should be considered.
The hardest part for some people is not being able to see their friends or family. You should be avoiding social gatherings as often as you can, even if it’s just three people hanging out to play games over a friend’s house. It’s recommended that you only interact with people you currently live with. This makes video calls and daily check-ins more important than ever to maintain a close connection with your loved ones.
When Do I Need to Stay Inside?
Staying inside should be the default and is an absolute requirement if you’re asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate. Self-quarantine is when someone is suspected of contracting COVID-19 and needs to remain isolated for 14 days in case they may have the virus. An example of this is if one has been traveling recently abroad and just returned home.
Self-isolation is when you have contracted COVID-19 and are required to isolate until symptoms subside and they are tested negative, or symptoms worsen and they must seek medical attention. In other situations, the directive is to stay at home and only go out for absolutely essential activities.
How Do I Avoid Feeling Lonely?
While practicing social distancing, you may naturally feel isolated and alone given the lack of social connection. Here are some ways to avoid feeling lonely and some practices to avoid.
Adopt a foster pet to provide some companionship while alone. There are many shelters that have also eased the adoption or fostering process so that one can carry out most of the steps for approval online.
Engage in your personal passion projects with the newfound free time that you have. Carry out comforting activities such as cooking food at home, watching one’s favorite TV shows, and taking a bath.
Have a positive attitude and a sense of humor. Look forward to the day when things will go back to normal and realize that what’s happening now isn’t permanent.
Stay active and workout at home. Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes at home by doing sit-ups, push-ups, and squats. Pair this with meditation sessions and it’ll help boost one’s mental wellbeing.
Organize in-person meetings with your friends or family, even if they’re in the same building.
Head outside to have dinner at any open restaurants or food courts to feel a sense of social interaction.
Use the situation of working from home and social distancing to disengage from your friends and family during this stressful and anxious time.
Take drugs or alcohol due to the lack of things to do and people to interact with
Stop exercising or eating by slipping into loneliness or depression. No access to the gym should not mean your healthy habits should fall to the side. You’re allowed a break during a traumatic experience such as this pandemic, but don’t forget to take care of yourself and do what makes you happy.
Dealing with Social Distancing During the Pandemic
Social distancing is important in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is a drastic change in life for many of us. Friends and family are separated, and feeling alone can add to the anxiety and fear the pandemic gives all of us already. Just remember to maintain as much of your normal life as possible while social distancing by using digital tools to move social interactions online.
Even though webcams, Netflix parties, and other technology has made it easier to feel connected to our friends and family from afar, it’s still hard not to feel alone while practicing social distancing. If you want to build a stronger relationship during the pandemic, sign up for VP Legacies’ sign up for Personal Connection 101 course today. You’ll feel closer to your friends, family, and co-workers than ever before.