by | Aug 6, 2020

Remote work is drastically changing the way employees interact with each other and their managers. It can be hard to self-motivate, so it’s up to management to connect employees in ways that are convenient given the circumstances.

In a recent nationwide survey that Tribe conducted on the challenges that employees face while working from home, we asked what employees would eventually miss about the office. The top three answers were all centered around camaraderie and connection with their fellow employees.  

  • 55% would miss the camaraderie of being in the office with people
  • 47% would miss being able to spend face-to-face time with their teams
  • 40% would miss the ability to collaborate more easily

So how do you replace that watercooler or breakroom culture virtually? There needs to be an intentional space where remote co-workers get to catch up, socialize and connect in a way they might not otherwise.

These remote connections can even end up facilitating new skills, like a collaboration mindset, communication building or teamwork. Don’t let working from home lead to a disconnected culture. Get creative with how you stay in touch and make it fun.

Here are three ideas to boost morale and harbor that connectivity:

  • Text and Talks: Hearing from leadership is crucial in helping employees stay on the same page and understand core company values. Assign random employees 15-minute text or even video sessions with the CEO or senior leadership members so that they can ask questions and keep up their communication. It’s also nice to have that one-on-one time with someone that might not usually get time with leadership.
  • Virtual team building: Just because employees can’t physically be together doesn’t mean they still can’t play together. Virtual team building allows for employees to continue to connect, which is especially helpful for companies with global offices. Bring everyone together for a virtual trivia happy hour through Teams or Zoom. Or try coordinating teams for a virtual escape room where employees can work together with someone they might otherwise never know.
  • Virtual Yoga: Balancing mental and physical wellness is important during these stressful times. Read here about the importance of wellness. A 5-minute meditation class or mid-day yoga break can boost productivity and creates a place for engagement. One thing that’s helpful is to curate and spotlight these specific wellness options for your employees. The content could live on Teams channel or the intranet for employees to revisit if needed as well.

These are all great approaches to not only engage but to actively keep the company culture alive. By the time you return to the office, it’s possible that you will have even improved your culture and employee relationships.

Want to keep your employees engaged? Tribe can help.

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