The current situation we’re all experiencing has changed our reality in so many ways. One of the biggest changes many of us had to quickly adapt to is working from home. Being isolated and losing the camaraderie of a tight-knit team in an office setting has proved to be difficult for some; so, how do we ensure our teams and coworkers continue to feel the same support, cheer, and togetherness within the walls of their own homes?
Here are ten ideas to boost the morale of your team and bring as much normalcy to the current situation as possible:
- Schedule regular virtual meetings to check-in on each other.
Take the first half of the meeting to talk about work and the second half to ask team members how they are doing, what they need, what they’re struggling with, and brainstorm how the team can help. Acknowledging that your team members are real people with real problems will show them that you care, and when things return to normal, they’ll remember that you showed up in their time of need.
- Put a spotlight on the good news.
We’re all familiar with the headlines, (which are mostly disappointing and frightening), and we don’t need to spend any more time dwelling on the bad; so, take some time to gather a few happy updates to share with the team each morning. Here’s a great website to reference: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/.
- Coordinate a weekly virtual team activity.
Everyone logs in to the video chat and follows along to a guided workout routine, meditation, dance/Zumba routine, art project, etc.
- Ask team members to post on social media using a hashtag such as #*businessname*workfromhome #*businessname*WFH.
Bonus points for those who are wearing branded apparel! Reward the person with the best post by allowing them to choose a coffee shop and beverage of their choice — you call in the order and pay, and the winner goes and picks it up!
- Enjoy lunch together.
Log on and eat lunch together as if you’re back in the office cafeteria. If it’s warm out, pack your lunch and a chair, and meet as a team in someone’s backyard (be sure to position your chairs at least six feet apart … funny, yes kind of, but this is our current reality).
- Start each virtual meeting by going around and each saying something that you’re grateful for.
Despite the trying times we’re experiencing, we can still find good in our day and learn to appreciate the small things.
- Task each team member with taking a personality test.
Compare results as a team — what a great way to get to know each other better and learn how to best support one another during difficult situations.
- Send out a weekly message to the team to stop what they’re doing and take 10 minutes to do some sort of mindfulness exercise
Focus on breathing, go for a brief walk outdoors, get up and stretch, listen to three of your favorite songs, etc.
- Ask each team member to start an inspirational quote board.
Kind of like a vision board, have employees print off one quote each day that resonates with them and paste it on a larger sheet of paper. At the end of all of this, you can come back together in the office and share the quotes that got you through and gave you hope.
- Start a social campaign to put smiles on your customers’ faces.
Here are two ideas to get your wheels turning:
- #danceyourworriesaway: each day, have an employee record him/herself dancing and feature it on your company’s social stories
- #*businessname*ishereforyou: have your employees take a photo of him/herself holding up a sign that says “I am *name*, and I am here for you” and feature the photos on your company’s social stories
Bonus idea! Agree to do an act of kindness together as a team.
Everyone writes a thank you letter to a local healthcare worker.
In times like this, everyone is looking to their leaders to determine how they should respond to the situation. Even if you’re panicking inside, it’s best to put on a brave face and show up for your team. If your team members see that you’re remaining calm and taking things day by day, they’ll be more likely to do the same. Boosting morale during the COVID-19 pandemic is all about showing you care, remaining hopeful, finding reasons to celebrate, and making our current conditions feel as normal as possible.