Working remote has definitely become a bitter-sweet benefit considering the circumstances of a global pandemic. Most organizations and employees have been used to socializing in person whether it was a quick meeting in someone’s office or in-house celebrations. We understand the hardship and mental stress it has caused your employee population.
When we talk about employee engagement from a remote standpoint, there are two important areas to consider: the business operations conducted remotely and your employee’s ability to feel connected to the organization.
Below are some tips to continue your efforts of building and maintaining a community while being physically distant:
Find out what makes your employees feel individually valued. Ask them how they are doing, and how you can help them.
Mail a personalized, handwritten note.
Recognize efforts through shout-outs during virtual meetings.
Virtual Social Hour (after hours) that includes ice breakers, at-home scavenger hunts, best-and-worst moments working from home, etc.
Mindfulness moments where everyone can join a short virtual meditation using apps like Headspace or Insight Timer
Short newsletter where everyone participates in content to keep connected with the happenings of the business, and include team member life changes, inspirational quotes, funny stories, etc.
Business Related Engagement:
Hold video call meeting so everyone can see each other.
Continue with meeting agendas or objectives to keep the team focused on the completion of work.
Have team members collaborate on projects by assigning smaller groups to work together.
For accountability, plan due dates for completion (with flexibility) to keep projects moving.