Are you doing enough to engage your extroverted employees during this unusual time? Not everyone reacts the same way to social distancing measures. While introverts might find it kind of a nice break to work from home, extroverts can get antsy, irritable and moody.
Extroverts on lockdown are missing the day-to-day social contact they usually get during the work day. Their employee engagement with the company is at least somewhat tied to the social bonds they develop with their co-workers. They thrive on those casual interactions with everyone from the receptionist to the printer repair guy.
Three ideas to engage extroverts
With the usual channels you have in place for internal communication, you can give the extroverts in your employee population more chances to interact and to make human connections. Try a few of these ideas, and bear in mind it’s a fine time for a little comedic content:
- Host contests for WFH photos
Let extroverts (and introverts) connect over the experience of working from home. Challenge them to post photos to the intranet and then vote on the best. You could include contest categories ranging from four-legged co-workers to what they’re wearing from the waist down compared to what people see on video calls.
2. Jumpstart fitness programs
If you have a corporate wellness program with a fitness challenge component, like Virgin Pulse, WellRight, Fitbit or one of their many competitors, this is a great time to promote it. It gives all employees, not just extroverts, a reason to be more active. Plus it includes the social benefits of competing with and alongside each other. In areas where lockdown permits outdoor exercise, extroverts can also enjoy seeing neighbors who are walking or running — while keeping their social distance.
3. Connect employees through their special interests
Use Microsoft Teams or Yammer or any social channel to start employee groups based on shared interests. You might have a gamers group for specific video games or just video games in general. Employees might bond over group movie watching while being connected on Zoom. Or they might enjoy the intellectual interaction of employee book clubs. There could even be a way to connect employees interested in volunteering to sew face masks. This is an opportunity for employees to build connections across silos, and those relationships will benefit the workplace overall when everyone finally goes back to the office.
Change creates opportunity
One of the positive things about a crisis or a major change is that it shakes things up and creates new opportunities for human connection. The extroverts among us need all the creative ideas we can come up with to help them recreate the energy they ordinarily get from face-to-face interactions. You might find a few thought starters in this Ragan article with tactics for engaging employees who always work remotely.
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