Evaluate your team’s well-being
Virtual First | Well-being Kit
When we think of employee well-being, we tend to imagine ergonomic desks and healthcare plans. But if we want our teams to be truly well, we need to dig deeper. Use this workshop to assess your team’s holistic health—and make course corrections before you’re overstressed or burned out.
50 MINS | VIRTUAL TEAM WORKSHOP
Talking about well-being can feel vulnerable. If you’re facilitating, it’s important to establish a warm, inclusive environment. As you begin your virtual workshop, ask the group to agree on a few basic concepts to keep everything on track. Things like:
- Everyone’s experience is unique
- Share as much or as little as you want—try to be honest and open
- There are no right or wrong answers
- This is confidential—what enters the room stays in the room
As the conversation deepens and people share more personally, you might notice some emotion coming up. This is natural. Use active listening and good mirroring techniques to build psychological safety:
- Model vulnerability: I feel that way sometimes, too.
- Paraphrase what you heard: It sounds like [X]. Did I get that right?
- Ask clarifying questions: Can you say more?
- Validate feelings: That sounds really stressful.
- Encourage and appreciate: Thanks for sharing that.
After you’ve kicked off your meeting, tell your team it’s time for their checkup (using your best bedside manner, of course). Then pull up the well-being wheel (above) on your screen. Ask each person to answer these questions:
- One area where I feel well is _______
- One area where I feel out of balance is _______
- One pattern I notice is ______
- Of all the sections, what matters most while working remotely?
- If your team is new or just learning to trust each other, have your manager share first
- If you’ve got more than six people, consider splitting into breakout rooms
Now that you understand your team’s challenges and needs, you can start thinking about concrete ways to support one another. Discuss the questions below. When you’re done, schedule a virtual checkup for three months later. Then have a hands-free group hug and thank everyone for sharing.
- What’s something we can do differently as a team?
- What’s something we’d like to keep doing going forward as a team?
- What should we tackle first?
3 easy wins
Build the habit
- Tomorrow: Plan on having five minutes of chitchat in your next meeting
- Next week: Turn a 1:1 into a walking phone call, to encourage movement
- Quarterly: Schedule a team well-being checkup