@rucha_joshi8 our team is relatively small, so it's really easy to stay connected. connection is everything, that's why we hold meetings twice a week.
In the beginning of the week we discuss our upcoming tasks, and at the end of the week we talk about what was bad and was good during the work week.
The main point here is that connection is everything, but it shouldn't become a routine. To do that, during these meetings, we write down/draw whatever we want on Miro board. With such attitude we don't feel stressed about the meetings.
I work remotely as part of quite a large team (with most of them based in one location elsewhere) and it really makes a big difference having video calls.
I'd also advocate organising some fun non-work calls with colleagues because otherwise you miss those coffee/lunch chats you get in an office. I've also done a few evening drinks virtually which have been a lot of fun with some games chucked in :)
Recently I'm back to the office after nearly 1 year of remote work. Mainly because i really needed in-person interactions. But in general, I also think arranging calls just for a life update is helpful. Work is no fun anymore if colleagues only talk about work related stuff.
Workfrom virtual spaces for casual meetups and hanging out. They have music, cafe ambience, different audio and video modes, can be personalized and are dedicated. You can connect to YouTube, Spotify or listen to Radio Stations. :) Close the door if you want to use it for private meetings.
Video calls with groups are awkward. Unlike regular social situation where a group of 6 can have separate discussions simultaneously, video chats only allow one person at a time. Jackbox games is great for folks to play online with friends with minimal setup.
@edward_g Hi! thanks for the Jackbox recommendation! it is pretty neat and fun.
My team and I also working on away to make it easier for people to connect with their remote team mates through games but in smaller breakout rooms so the conversation is more meaningful and less awkward.
I really like the practice for acquaintance and communication of employees, which is used by an international company in which my good friend works. This practice assumes that several times a week each employee can spend a certain part of his working time (something about 30 minutes) talking by video with another randomly selected employee from other country. They call it "coffee talk" or something like that :)