Team Ground Rules During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Kristin Arnold on March 17, 2020

I am so tired of hearing about the coronavirus and how we should all do this and that.  Here’s what we should NOT do:

Hold hands and sing Kumbaya together!  Maybe we could be like the Italians – go ahead and sing…just don’t hold hands!

Seriously though, there are new ways of working together.  Even if your team has ground rules in place (explicit statements of expected behaviors), you may want to revisit them as we practice social distancing, remote working, and communicate in different ways.

If you do not have a list of ground rules and you aren’t sure where to begin, start by reviewing the “Extraordinary Team Ground Rules” and maybe even create a few new ones for these unique circumstances. The Extraordinary Team Ground Rules can be applied whether you are working together in small groups or working remotely or virtually. Don’t worry, they aren’t all “do this and not that.” Instead, they are guiding principles to lead, organize, and structure your team for greatness.

In the meantime, here are some basic

Team Ground Rules Ideas During the Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Say hello with a wave vs. a handshake
  • Wash your hands often
  • Wipe down the surfaces you touch in a public area using a disinfectant wipe
  • Don’t hover around each other or breathe on each other
  • Don’t come to work with a fever, cough, or even a HINT that you have been exposed
  • If you do get exposed, tell us.  Don’t hide the fact
And my favorite ground rule of all: Have fun & be joyous!
Just remember: We WILL get through this….together!

KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator.  She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.

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