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How To Be Close To Your Remote Team In A Virtual Space

Remote work has become the new normal. But without the precautionary steps, your online workspace can be a lonely place.

How To Be Close To Your Remote Team In A Virtual Space

The majority of people prefer working at least a few days a week remotely. More than half of people would quit their job if their company didn’t offer remote work. 

But remote work can be lonely, especially for new hires. It is not as easy to build team camaraderie when working remotely - but a virtual workspace is a great way to start.

So you've walked into your new online workspace for the first time. You see a few meeting rooms, a social lounge, a space for team stand-ups, and some desks. Sure, your space looks like an office - but what can you do with it?

A virtual collaborative workspace is a space where you can interact with others in new and better ways. "Walk" up to others to start a conversation.

Glance at the coffee lounge to see who's open for a quick coffee chat. The virtual office helps build presence, which is essential to virtual connections.

Getting Started With Your Online Workspace

How do you get started with a virtual workspace? Here are a few of our favorite ways teams use Kosy to improve their remote team communication and working methods.

1. Stand-up / team sync

‍Instead of running your stand-up via traditional video-conferencing, schedule them in Kosy. When it's time to meet, just gather around in a circle to take turns sharing your updates. Stand-ups are better in Kosy as they feel like real life - no awkward "who's next!" 

Afterward, it is easy to break out into smaller groups or 1on1s for follow-up chats. Most teams like to have their stand-ups in a dedicated space on the floor just for stand-ups. You can get started by changing the meeting link of one of your stand-ups for Kosy.

2. Team co-working

‍After a morning stand-up, many teams like to sit together in their team room for some co-working time (for at least a portion of the day). If you have a question - just unmute and ask your teammates! 

It's like an open Discord or Slack audio channel and a great way to get stuff done while feeling close with your team. You can get started by naming & decorating your team room and scheduling a 1-hour team co-working session.

Team Coworking in Kosy

3. Focus session

Declaring your intentions for what you need to get done and getting paired with someone else creates accountability and increases performance. You can run focus sessions in Kosy as well - just pick a colleague, a time, and get to work!

Focus Sessions in Kosy

4. Quick questions

It is often much quicker (and more fun) to chat with someone over audio / video than sending dozens of messages over Slack or Teams. If a colleague is not busy and sitting at their desk, you can walk up to them and start talking right away.

5. Social chats

Elevators. Coffee machines. Hallways. These are all artifacts of the physical workspace that lead to social interactions. While Kosy cannot make you a real coffee, we've built other virtual triggers that help enable spontaneous chats. For example, when you see a colleague enter the social lounge, you know they are open for a conversation.

Your virtual space should enable your teams to interact however they want, wherever they want, without skipping a beat. If you want to get started with a virtual space, you can do so for free.  Please reach out if you have any questions!

Get Started With Your Online Workspace

Your online shared workspace should enable your teams to interact however they want, wherever they want, without skipping a beat. Kosy can do that for you. 

Kosy is a virtual workplace that simulates a physical office environment and boosts performance. If you want to get started with an online workspace, you can do so for free.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

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