At the beginning of the pandemic, working from home was still quite a novelty, particularly for people who had never experienced it before. But a year later, the novelty has worn off and people are starting to lose interest in Zoom meetings and virtual happy hours. If you’re having a hard time keeping your remote employees engaged, look no further.
- Host a Weekly Activity
Rather than sitting around in a Zoom meeting watching your employees awkwardly sip on a beer for an hour, try and host an event instead. The idea is to get your employees to interact in as many ways as possible. This could involve bringing in a professional chef to teach a class on how to make a popular dish, or even hiring a comedian to liven up the mood.
- Send Care Packages
These aren’t strictly reserved for your loved ones and make a great gift for your employees too. Not only does this show that you care, but it helps keep your employees engaged. You can even have them pick a theme each month and send out a package related to that theme.
- Encourage Personal Projects
If your employees are inspired to work on other projects that are somewhat related to your business, you should encourage them to do so. They’ll appreciate your understanding and may even find a way to marry both their side projects with their day job.
- Encourage Them to Talk About Their Personal Lives
A great way to make sure that your employees feel more connected is to talk to them about things that don’t always revolve around work. Start each week by asking everyone what they did over the weekend and encouraging them to share a lighthearted story.
- Show Appreciation
Lastly, be sure to show your employees that you appreciate them. Acknowledge when someone has done a good job on something or has gone above and beyond for their team. This will only further encourage people to put their best foot forward at work.