Team building covers all the processes for building a close relationship with a coworker and a sense of belonging as a team. Remote team building takes these processes and adapts them to a virtual environment. The end goal is trust.
As a result, team building goes far beyond a birthday party for a coworker. It touches every part of a manager-teammate relationship from the first interview to their last day of work. We can’t talk about team building without talking about employee experience.
It wasn’t long ago that a boss meant something very different. Companies measured employees by their productivity. A manager needed to optimize an employee’s production, much like Ford’s famous automobile assembly line. Employees were a cog in a well-oiled machine and the idea of professionalism ensured they left their personal life at the door. Terrible bosses were rewarded so long as they hit their numbers.
These productivity-first companies lost talent and burnt out their workforces. It didn't take long for companies that focused on culture and employee happiness to outperform the well-oiled machines. Leaders have realized the value of treating workers as holistic people. In the last twenty years, an emphasis on culture sparked luxurious tech offices. We’ve seen work perks that would make our grandparents furious: child daycare centers, sponsored chefs, and areas for napping.