Top 10 Ideas to Encourage Remote Employees
Updated: Jun 24, 2020
Transitioning from working in the office to your kitchen table can be rough. How can you help keep employee morale high? We’ve come up with 10 possible ways to help not just make work a little more fun, but to encourage your employees to stay connected with each other.
1. Fun Zoom Filters
Want to add some extra fun to your online meetings? Zoom and Snapchat have teamed up to add all sorts of filters onto zoom. Take a look if you need to add a little zaniness to your meetings!
2. Coordinate Game Nights using JackBoxTV
If you haven’t heard of JackBoxTV, you should definitely give it a try! With dozens of competition games and knowledge puzzles, your employees will have a blast testing their knowledge while learning more about their teammates. From personality tests to murder mystery parties, JackBoxTV has it all!
3. Themed Weekly Meetings
Everyone needs a little variety in their routine. While working at home might seem constricting, use the opportunity to introduce things to your team that you couldn’t before with themed weekly meetings. Want to show off how cuddly Mr. Whiskers is? Have a Bring Your Pet meeting! Maybe you have your favorite pair of bell bottoms that you’ve been dying to bring back out; have a 60s themed meeting! Ask your team what they’d like to see.
4. Silent Disco
This is perfect for teams who just need to let loose. A silent disco is listening to energetic music with peers, but through your own set of headphones. The silent dancing might look a little weird if your dog happens to walk by, but it’s a great way to relax and have some fun with your team.
5. “How are You Feeling” World Cloud
It’s great to remind your employees that they are not alone in how they are feeling. A good way to present this is with a word cloud. Ask your employees to write down a few words to describe how they’re feeling. Take those words and use a word cloud service (we recommend https://www.wordclouds.com/) to show your employees and leadership how everyone is doing. It’s a great way to help your team get in touch with their feelings and know that there are others going through the same thing.
6. Handwritten or Digital Notes
In the midst of a busy or tiresome day, a personal note can easily boost a person’s spirits. Consider sending handwritten notes to your employees at home. If handwritten isn’t your thing, then consider making a digital note just for them. A simple note can give an employee the boost they need to get through the day.
7. Develop Quarantine Names
This has been going around social media a lot. That’s because it’s a fun and silly way to learn about your teammates! Your quarantine name can be any combination. A middle name plus the city they were born in is the most common one. Figure out a combination that would be the most fun for your workplace.
8. Favorite Employee Song Playlist
What music are your employees using to stay pumped during the workday? Consider making them a playlist! Ask your employees for one or two pump up work songs and make a Spotify playlist for everyone to use. If you want to take it one step further, quiz your employees on who they think chose which song!
9. Send Headspace Meditation App
With the sudden stressful environment we’re working in, Headspace has offered its services on their meditation app free for one month. Encourage your employees to look into taking some time out of each day to pause and reflect on how they’re doing. Headspace is a great tool to use to help you relax and refocus.
10. Send Gift to Employees
Everyone loves a free gift! Consider getting your employees something that will help them stay focused and fit, such as a fit bit or an oil diffuser with essential oils. Find out what would help your employees stay calm and relaxed while working at home.
These are only a few suggestions, but the point for all of them is to help keep your team calm, focused, and connected. Now more than ever it is important to remind your employees that you care. Consider these tips and other ways on how you can encourage your employees at home!