Posted December 8, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Intentional Cross-Team Relationships
Strong cross-team relationships are a key indicator of an organization’s agility—but many have been weakened by the pandemic. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! As we talk about social agility this week, it’s helpful to consider what a socially agile work culture accomplishes for the company—especially in the era of remote work.
While offering numerous advantages, remote work does have some potential downsides. And one of them is the way that teams within an organization can become siloed. It’s easy to work with blinders on in a virtual environment, simply because that in-office camaraderie, bumping into people from different departments, and getting to know coworkers on a more personal level just doesn’t happen as easily.
Strong, productive inter-team connections are a critical yet largely unseen network in companies. In many organizations, these connections have become atrophied from lack of use during the pandemic.
That’s why companies need to be intentional about supporting a socially agile and cross-connected workplace. Greg Pryor of the company Workhuman says that culture carriers and influencers within the organization should be leveraged to intentionally model values, give feedback, solve problems, share career advice, and energize colleagues. This is all the more important as we adopt new work environments.
Then, leaders need to keep a pulse on how socially agile their employees are feeling, and be ready with resources to empower them to get better. The muscle of social agility is strengthened through intentional cross-team connections that benefit everyone.
Tomorrow, how can you as an individual worker start advancing your social agility? We’ll talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!