A few Take-aways:
- Cancel meetings - and see if work still gets done
- Institute a No-Talk Thursday - nobody can talk to each other
- Rely more on IM, email, and other non-interactive means to communicate to each other
This may be a good time to plug a 37Signals product called Campfire. It enables co-workers to be available for chat, but not miss anything when they’re not in the chat. It’s also a better solution than IM, since it allows easily for 3- or 4-way chats. Last but not least, you don’t need to install every IM client in the world to be available - all you need is a browser.