As humans, in general we enjoy connecting with others, professionally and personally. In the (not so long ago) days of business meetings conducted in person, Small Talk more than likely played a part. We easily chatted about our weekends, upcoming vacations, a new workout regime or a home renovation project. In our current era of Zoom (or other virtual meetings), Small Talk probably has gone by the wayside. On a screen filled with your co-workers’ faces on squares, people oftentimes feel awkward having discussions beyond the meeting agenda.
But conversing in a personal sense is bonding, inclusive and fosters camaraderie. And is fun. If you’re missing this connection with your co-workers, why not resurrect “time” for Small Talk? Build it into the end of your group meeting, after the agenda is complete. Whether for a few minutes or 15, this designated time gives your team members the option to stay and chat, and to casually leave as needed. Perhaps ending a meeting with Small Talk could alleviate Zoom Fatigue by sparking a little energy and laughter to help carry on with the rest of your work day, or to the next Zoom meeting!