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The Virtual Water Cooler - Combating loneliness with VMR's

May 18, 2020 1:17:23 PM

Although video meetings make it possible to continue business operations as normal, the day-to-day social interaction between colleagues can be just as important for moral, drive and mental health. And, with the right tools you can make a pretty decent virtual lemonade out of your home office lemons 

 

Read How to set it up below


The morning chats by the coffee machine or the frequent visits to the water cooler are regular everyday moments we now realize 
was taken for granted. For some these social interactions are even the highlight of the day and necessary for their mental health. 

In the survey “State of Remote Work” conducted by Buffer in 2019, the participants stated loneliness as one of the biggest struggles of working remotely. While this is already an alarming number, we imagine this being even higher had this survey been conducted today.

As most businesses and organizations have managed to settle into routines for video conferencing at this point, meetings and operations are running smoothly.

This doesn’t change the fact that most employees aren’t given time to unwind and interact with each other on a personal level, without having to eat up valuable meeting time.   

At Synergy SKY we have colleagues working all around the world, most of us with a need for social interaction that is well above average. Wanting to bring the team together, and with the above factors in mind, the idea of a virtual water cooler came to life.  

 By dialing water cooler number from a video client every member of the “Water cooler” channel in Slack gets a notification and can dial in to join you. We also added a bot that tells you a joke in case you need an ice breaker. 

 

Virtual Water Cooler

 

Thanks to this set up we can meet by the water cooler when in the need of a short break, or for Friday afternoon drinks.  

How to do it: 

1. Create a Slack account 

2. Create a virtual meeting room with Cisco CMS


3. Create a trigger that sends a signal to Slack when someone dials the Water cooler VMR 

4. Create Slack channel where you can get notifications when someone wants to hang out  

 

This is not a product or solution from Synergy SKY, but a solution our colleagues have created while in quarantine. If you need help to set up something similar get in contact. 

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Julie Remen
Written by Julie Remen

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