Here's the situation. The team is slacking overall, and you feel like the ole' team pep talk might be called for.
You know, you're going to chew them out via a team meeting. But wait! There's a pandemic going on my friend! What's that? It's been 3 months and you're tired of people mailing it in? I feel you. Before you do that team meeting, answer the following 3 questions:
1--Does the team have enough to work on? (many industries didn't in the height of the pandemic and still don't)
2--Does the team know there's enough to work on? (there may be things they can pivot to, but are they aware that's expected?)
3--Are you good at pep/chew talks? (Are you sure? Ask a trusted advisor)
If the answer to all those questions is "yes", it might be time for a team meeting where you lay down the law as the leader or the boss.
Of course, you have to answer a fourth question, and preferably the answer to this question is "yes" as well:
4 - Is most of your team in the same working space as they were before the pandemic? (many teams are still in makeshift home offices they didn't work in before)
I ask the last question for a specific reason. It's called Zoom.
In both television, movies and my career, some of the most epic scenes are always team pep talks/chew sessions. I'm a fan of the theatre, and there's specific elements that make up a great blow out session - I'll save those for another day.
But almost all of those epic team pep talks/chew out sessions are face to face with teams. It's really hard to deliver a CTJ (Come to Jesus) message on video conference no matter how good your framing or lighting.
I think the biggest reason for that is inability to command physical space. Whether standing or sitting as the speaker, everyone is in their own space on Zoom/Teams/Meet. You can't see body language, who's buying what you're selling, who's not, etc.
For that reason, I think only the masters can deliver the team chew/pep talk via Zoom. For the average Jedi managing during a pandemic, it's probably better to deliver a customized chew 1/1 with some notes on the team and the individual during that session.
Still going to use Zoom for the CTJ? Be sure to unmute your line before you start.