Virtual Teams

Fostering and sustaining an inclusive team culture is an important underpinning of Berkeley Lab’s IDEA strategy. Virtual teams (or teams with remote employees) are no exception. Whether you are part of a fully distributed workforce like Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), or you have a remote co-worker living in another state: we must make every effort to ensure that each individual is able to fully contribute and serve as a valued team member.

As of April 2020, Berkeley Lab is currently sheltering in place due to COVID-19. Many of our colleagues are working from home, and experiencing a new remote work environment and culture. While the disruption to our work life has been challenging, this situation has also enabled us to think differently and innovate. For example, how can we run effective and inclusive virtual meetings? How can we continue to operate and conduct business with IDEA principles in mind, if the team is working from home?

Please see the following resources related to virtual teams and remote inclusion best practices, and learn how to set yourself (and your team members) up for success.

Trainings

  • Remote Work Resources - Curated training for employees and supervisors from LBNL HR Learning and Organizational Development and University of CA.
      • Onboarding to Remote Work:
        • All Employees: working remotely, virtual teamwork, working on virtual teams, and cultivating resilience through change.
        • Supervisors and Managers: leading from a distance for remote workers, managing virtual teams, and working on virtual teams.
      • Remote Inclusion Best Practices
  • Ergonomic Tips and Resources for Telework

Tool Kits

For All Employees:

For Supervisors, Managers, and Search/Interview Committees:

  • Communication Charter for Remote Teams - For teams with remote workers, this charter sets expectations for how your team will communicate, collaborate, and work together effectively. Discuss as a team and agree and commit to communication norms.
  • Video Conference Interviewing - Best practices for hiring managers, search committees, and interview teams from LBNL HR.

Discussion Guide

IDEA Leader Discussion Guide: Managing Your Remote Team Inclusively (60 mins)

    1. Discussion Guide - For supervisor or manager to review in advance and reference
    2. Link for Team Exercise - For team members to review
    3. Communication Charter for Remote Teams - For team members to review and complete together (Module #4 of team exercise referenced above)

Video

IDEA Brown Bag: Inclusive Virtual Teams

Fostering and sustaining an inclusive team culture is an important underpinning of Berkeley Lab’s IDEA strategy. Whether you are part of a fully distributed workforce like Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), or you have a remote co-worker living in another state: we must make every effort to ensure that each individual is able to fully contribute and serve as a valued team member. For example, how can we run effective and inclusive virtual meetings? How can we continue to operate and conduct business with IDEA principles in mind, if the team is working from home?

Good Reads

Podcasts

One Minute for IDEA

Additional Resources

Additional Resources for Virtual Teams - Specific to COVID-19:


Wellness Resources - General and Specific to COVID-19: