Employee Engagement in the New Normal

4/9/2020, By Gabrielle Loh

Here are 5 ideas:

  1. Daily check-in – besides catching up on work (commonly known as “a daily huddle”), ask about your team’s morale, home situation, for example, how are they coping with their children’s home-based learning?

  2. Create common interest groups – Separate channels/chatgroups can be created on Slack or Microsoft Teams for your team members to gather virtually to share about their hobbies or challenges. A group for parents with kids learning at home would be particularly useful as parents can share their tips.

  3. Virtual coffee sessions with the CEO – meetup sessions with the CEO or relevant C-suite executive should still continue. These sessions could be less formal and would reinforce to the employees’ that they’re not forgotten just because they’re working remotely.

  4. Virtual learning – besides the usual Udemy or Coursera modules, domain experts can be invited to share their expertise. Gather feedback from your employees on their preferred topics.

  5. Regular exercise – if there is some budget, enroll each employee onto an online fitness membership (Centr, Blogilates, Asana Rebel, Shred, Kelo, etc) or organize weekly yoga sessions where employees can join in. Another option would be to hold a fitness challenge where each person should hit 10,000 steps a day or do x number of squats/pushups a day.