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5 Virtual Team Building Activities for Your Business

5 Virtual Team Building Activities for Your Business

After nearly two years into the pandemic, some workers are finally returning to the office full-time or at least a few days a week. However, as of December 2021, 26% of full-time workers are still working exclusively from home, and have no plans to return to the office. If you or your business have employees still working from home full-time or a few days a week, this article is just for you! 

During this transition period, communication and team building is very important to setting your team up for success and creating a strong sense of community. But what if some of your team members are not in the office full-time? No problem! Get your team together with one of these 5 virtual team building activities that can help improve communication, enhance their problem-solving skills, and boost team morale!

1. Virtual Lunches

Taking a lunch break with coworkers is a great way to foster relationships, and can be effective even when they’re virtual. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from different departments or those you don’t see as often in meetings. If you have troubles starting conversations or coming up with topics, bring out the ice breaker games! They are great for getting to know your coworkers on a personal level, and it’s a break from the “work talk”. 

2. Quizzes

Personality quizzes offer an effective way for employees to learn about themselves, and for you to learn more about your coworkers’ working styles, dreams, goals, and preferences. They’re a fun way to find out about how teams can work better together! If you’re interested, have your team take a personality quiz, like the 16 Personalities, and then meet to discuss work styles at your next meeting.

3. Virtual Escape Room

Work together to break out of an escape room! It’s a themed online game that challenges players to find clues, complete tasks, and solve a variety of puzzles within a period of time. It can improve communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. There are tons of escape rooms for every skill level and interest, which makes it easy to find one that will keep your whole team engaged.

4. Interactive Experiences

Bond with your team by learning new skills together with online interactive events! From learning a new recipe to taking a mixology class, there are tons of creative and fun events that your team will love and lead to a positive team building experience. Marketplaces like Offsyte make it easy to discover and schedule high-quality virtual team events that are interactive, exciting and budget-friendly! 

5. Topic Friday

This one is a personal favorite! At my previous employer, our team held virtual meetings called “Topic Friday” where we were given a fun topic at the beginning of the week to talk about on Friday. Some example topics we discussed were: name 5 records/cds you would want to listen to for the rest of your life and why, wear your favorite shirt and tell us why, and tell your best dad joke. It was a fun way for us to learn more about each other, improve our communication and presentation skills, and leave a meeting with a great laugh! Who knew you could wear a Jurassic Park shirt to work? During Topic Friday, you most certainly can wear it! Try it the next time your team meets and see how it goes that Friday!

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Employee Spotlight: Eric Spears

Employee Spotlight: Eric Spears

Eric Spears is the Service Manager at Broadlinc working out of the Owenton office. He is responsible for managing health and safety procedures, developing service procedures and overseeing all installs throughout the company.

Q & A with Eric

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
I’ve been with the company for five years.

What brought you to the company?
I worked for my previous company for 17 years, and they closed their doors about five years ago. I found a job opening at Broadlinc, submitted my application, got an interview, and landed the job!

Can you take us through a day in the life at Broadlinc?
I am the Safety Director and Service Manager. My day in the life at Broadlinc consists of developing, implementing, and managing health and safety policies and procedures in the workplace as Safety Director. As Service Manager, I ensure excellent customer service, oversee other members of the service team, developing and implementing service procedures, and overseeing all installs throughout the company.

What do you like most about being a Service Manager?
What I like most about being a Service Manager is getting to develop my team, and help them grow into great employees for the company.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
If I could describe Broadlinc’s culture, it would be a place of integrity, character, pride, professional, and connected where every employee feels accepted.

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
I like my team and enjoy working with them.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and gardening.

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
Thoughtful, organized, and family-oriented.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I can play the banjo and guitar.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Time is the most valuable thing you own.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads With Wireless

5 Virtual Team Building Activities for Your Business

After nearly two years into the pandemic, some workers are finally returning to the office full-time or at least a few days a week. However, as of December 2021, 26% of full-time workers are still working exclusively from home, and have no plans to return to the office. If you or your business have employees still working from home full-time or a few days a week, this article is just for you! 

During this transition period, communication and team building is very important to setting your team up for success and creating a strong sense of community. But what if some of your team members are not in the office full-time? No problem! Get your team together with one of these 5 virtual team building activities that can help improve communication, enhance their problem-solving skills, and boost team morale!

1. Virtual Lunches

Taking a lunch break with coworkers is a great way to foster relationships, and can be effective even when they’re virtual. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from different departments or those you don’t see as often in meetings. If you have troubles starting conversations or coming up with topics, bring out the ice breaker games! They are great for getting to know your coworkers on a personal level, and it’s a break from the “work talk”. 

Mother Nature’s Course

In 2009, the worst ice storm in Kentucky’s history came through and tore power lines, fiber optic lines and cable lines to pieces. At the company I was with at the time, we had ten miles of infrastructure that had to be torn out and rebuilt. However, later that same year, the remnants of Hurricane Ike came through the region and tore the same areas down again with several hours of 70mph straight line winds.

Recently, Kentucky suffered from Mother Nature’s course that took lives, destroyed property and disrupted telecommunications. During December of 2021, three miles of cable and fiber of ours in Western Kentucky was ripped out when the quad-state tornado tore through between Bremen and Sacramento. Moreover, it took our team close to a week to rebuild and restore service.

During February of 2022, 450 customers experienced outages in Owen County due to the weight of ice accumulation on cable lines that caused connectors to pop apart and short out, which caused fiber-fed equipment to fry (it all still takes electricity).

While fiber optics is capable of providing gigabits of data, it is distributed by glass. This cool, yet very fragile technology used to distribute telecommunications keeps growing, and the capabilities have now far exceeded the usage anyone can put on this infrastructure. Once you pass a certain point of bandwidth on fiber, it’s like driving one or two cars a mile apart on a 10-lane freeway made of glass at 100 miles an hour.  That’s a lot of breakable highway for so little traffic, and once you have more road than the traffic you’re sending down it needs, what’s the point?

What you really need is the ability to get down the road fast, and it won’t break beneath you. With wireless, where we’re going we don’t need roads. We can go 500 miles an hour through airspace that’s got plenty of room to get your traffic through it!

Wireless Is the Future

Broadlinc is building networks using wireless technology that is much like a cellphone; getting signal to your home through the air. Our 5G ready towers are built with redundant power. Moreover, when the power lines go down, a wireless link takes over and will keep our customers online. Even when we need that high capacity 10 or 20 lane freeway at our data centers, we are fed by diverse carriers to ensure our customers keep working by sending our traffic another way.

“Getting what you pay for” has less to do with gigabits offered and speed tests than it does with user experience. There is little to nothing most homes and businesses can’t do on our LTE Fixed Wireless service that we’re doing on wireline and fiber networks. On paper it may say less bandwidth, however, when we support our customers all the way to their device with our whole home Wi-Fi and local technical support, our customers report a better experience than the gig-fiber.

Are you curious at this point? Sign up and try it for yourself! At Broadlinc, we don’t pressure our customers into contracts to keep something that doesn’t work. Perform the tasks and activities you like to do with your internet, and see if it performs as good or better. You will also find out soon enough when those down the road have a tree fall on their line or a hungry squirrel in the neighborhood, your neighbors will be asking to use your WiFi when you have Broadlinc’s service.

Written By TJ Scott, VP of Operations