Communication Team Success

Walk The Hall

Kevin Washington


How do leaders "walk the hall" in a virtual world? How do you connect with your distributed workforce? It's difficult, it's ever-evolving, and it's critically important.


How do leaders “walk the hall” in a virtual world? How do you connect with your distributed workforce? It’s difficult, it’s ever-evolving, and it’s critically important.


What you just brought up is really interesting, because the whole walk the hall concept was fine when we're all still in offices. Now, even after the pandemic ends, a lot of companies have said we're going back to a hybrid model or we're not going back to the office at all. How do you maintain that walking the hall mindset and that level of connection when you're really working with distributed workforces and virtual environments now?

Kevin Washington

I will tell you, it's very difficult now, it's very difficult. In fact, I would suspect that most of us miss that contact with each other, we do miss it. I can tell you that we've been closed since March 10, and I have not seen any of my staff members in person since then. But we try to connect as much as we possibly can through these means, the Zoom and the Microsoft Teams and the calls and check-ins. I still try to check in with my team members. If they're not feeling well, I'll give them a call and find out how they're doing. Trying to create opportunities so we can connect to some social things. We do a social sort of thing in by YMCA meetings now, but we try to use this medium to connect as much as possible, but I got to tell you, it is extremely difficult. It does not take the place of actual physical opportunities to connect with folks.