· Be supportive. Provide emotional support and encouragement.
· Refer to those in the group as team members or teammates instead of subordinates or employees. Make frequent use of the words “we” and “us.”
· Bring team members together for meetings, meals and occasional parties, virtually of course. Schedule most get-togethers during regular office hours so you don’t intrude on people’s personal time. Make use of your lunch break to eat together and chat virtually.
· Emphasize that yours is a winning team.
· Frequently remind team members that their work is important.
· Help them identify tasks they’re particularly good at and promote them as key members of the group.
· Build the commitment and confidence of each team member. Frequently reminding team members of what they’re doing right is one way to build commitment and self-confidence.
· Emphasize group recognition.
· Giving rewards for group accomplishments promotes team spirit by enabling team members to take pride in the entire team’s contributions and progress. Consider creating a display wall, padlet, or Monday morning email update for postings of team activities, certificates of accomplishment and upcoming events.
· Don’t keep the best assignments for yourself. Look for opportunities that will allow other team members to perform at a high level.
· Welcome all input. Team spirit increases when everyone contributes. It’s especially important that the leader not allow one or two people on their team to do most of the work.”