If you are looking to reduce direct friction between your employees and create a near perfect cordial environment, try giving your employees the work from home option. And make Skype your official communication and team building channel. Life becomes much easier!
Pinging and occasional calls eliminate the rough edges of face to face communication. Your employees will share roses, roll on the ground laughing, smile at the right places during a team pinging session, thank profusely with respectful bows, and even blush perfectly. They will master the art of expressing themselves and ‘communicating’ the right way with colleagues using a wide range of emoticons.
When deadlines are missed, clients are mad, bosses are unhappy or colleagues are backstabbing, they can always let off steam with the exploding, head bang or swearing emoticon. Easy as a pie :) No hurt feelings. All iizzz well. Here, there is no room for the nuances of face to face communication – the content sneer on a senior’s face, the victorious look of a budding star or the furious, about to explode look of a manager. In fact, you can easily keep chemistry out of office equations – no flirty and mischievous smiles of young (and even old!) fellas, no sparks flying, and therefore no office romances. :(
Here is the best part. When a colleague/boss is pinging with a bad review or a grievance, employees can suddenly go offline (no power!). They can leave the conversation window halfway, swear aloud in their home offices, and return to the chat window after cooling down. A sad emoticon to the rescue! Simple eh?
So cheers to remote communication!