I recently started a new role in a new organization in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have learned from the readings, establishing strong relationships with our co-workers is imperative towards improving the internal environment of the firm (Dess, 2021). Improving the internal environment of the firm helps create efficient processes and methods of collaboration that foster innovation and creativity within the organization. However, on-boarding in a ‘Zoom’ driven virtual team environment has been particularly challenging. I am finding that my conversations with my coworkers have solely been transactional and task oriented, and I’m not able to get to know them on a personal level. This creates some tension for me in a leadership role because I’m trying to build leverage to foster great long term working relationships. What are your suggestions on how to combat this virtual team dilemma in the middle of a global pandemic?