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What creative ideas have you seen to replicate hallway/break room conversations while 100% virtual?

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My firm pairs people up for 15 minute coffee chats throughout the month. Honestly, I not much of a fan but I’m sure some people enjoy it

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I can definitely see how forced fun would be welcomed by people who live alone and feel isolated.

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From time to time I schedule short team meetings with the rule that work is a forbidden topic

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I don’t recommend scheduling too much since I think most of us already have worse hours than normal without many of the perks (though WFH is amazing) but my teams always chit chat for a few minutes at the beginning and end of our morning/afternoon touch points

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I suppose making small talk cultural is helpful. I always tried to do this with clients as it breaks down walls a bit

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