There is no doubt this year has been tough on everyone. COVID-19 has impacted people in ways they never expected. Even with news of the vaccine coming out, it can still feel like the pandemic is never going to end. Being in the thick of winter can increase those feelings of discouragement. Luckily, though, there are ways for employers to boost morale even when their employees are working from home.
Here are four ways you can virtually improve employee engagement and raise your company morale!
1. Start a virtual wellness program
A virtual wellness program may sound difficult but can be inexpensive and easy to run! An online wellness program can match your company’s resources and budget easily. Consider something as simple as a coordinated virtual fitness class. Whether it is led by fellow employees or by following along with an exercise class on YouTube, this is a great way to help your employees have a happier and healthier work life.
If you are looking for something more encompassing, consider investing in a virtual team wellness program. Remote Team Wellness, for example, is a company that works with employers by leading comprehensive wellness classes and activities. All you have to do is book the session and show up, and their team of experts will do the rest.
2. Organize a virtual party
Help your employees relax and have fun with one another! A virtual party would offer a great distraction to the outside world while allowing employees to unwind together. There are many things you could do to throw a fun remote party. Anything from a virtual happy hour with games to a team birthday celebration can help boost employees’ morale while providing an opportunity for socialization.
3. Remote team-building exercises
Employees who get along and work well together are more productive. Team-building exercises are a great way to build camaraderie. Be as fun or creative as you want! Try hosting a remote trivia night or a virtual code-breaking event. These exercises improve morale while providing a break from the stress of working alone during a pandemic.
4. Send care packages
Care packages are another way to show your employees their wellbeing is important to management. Whether you work with a large or small company the packages don’t have to be complex. Small helpful items, such as hand sanitizer, masks, and fun snacks, will be appreciated. Or you could tailor packages to each specific employee. You can never go wrong with a hot chocolate mix, books, or candles. A care package is a great way to show appreciation for your staff, and it serves to boost their morale.
Employees may not be able to return to the office, but you can still let them know that corporate appreciates the work they are doing. A little gratitude can go a long way, especially if your employees are feeling isolated. Need more ideas? We’d be happy to put our heads together with you and get creative.