Employee engagement and wellness activities are more important than ever as people struggle to stay positive and work in these new circumstances. So how do you keep your health, wellness, and engagement program COVID-19 safe, light, fun, yet meaningful?
Here are some ideas that tick the right boxes.
Interviews and Insight Sessions
This format offers interactivity, virtual access, and also gives you a chance to address pressing concerns.
- Run the event in an interview format to make it more engaging and interactive. Employees could even send in their questions to the moderator/interviewer to ask during the session.
- Alternatively, have team leaders talk about their success stories and wins so others can learn from them.
- Such engagement will help allay stress and anxiety around the uncertainty of job security, the company’s plans, and so on.
Virtual Dance Session
Experts recommend physical activity to improve immunity, fitness, and morale in these trying times.
- Get a dance instructor to conduct a session.
- Stream the session live across the company so those in the office as well as working from home can join in.
- This could be an hour-long session to break up the monotony of the work-week or to ring in Friday.
Keep up team building and bonding in a new avatar. Have fun game days where teams play things like charades or Pictionary and compete for a trophy. The winning team could get some online perk or even some time off as a prize!
Engaging with the families of your employees is important. Try an online version of Bring Your Kids to Work or Family Day at Work.
- Reach out to families and children of employees via fun, interactive newsletters.
- Engage them with videos and contests. For instance, you could host a dance-off or a virtual singing competition that is open to employees as well as their family members.
- Host online game sessions or hobby workshops, encouraging families to join in as well.
- You should also rope them into health and wellness initiatives like the virtual fitness modules offered by healthi. Our Workout@Home and Smart Immunity Building Plans help employees and their families take charge of their wellness in these uncertain times.
Mystery Coffee-Time With A Colleague
Assign buddies across the company, ideally pairing people who don’t work together. This can be done weekly so that in a few months everyone will know many more people.
Social interaction – even remotely – is a key piece of maintaining good emotional and mental health in a pandemic. In fact, at companies like Gitlab, where the bulk of the workforce works remotely, there are virtual coffee breaks during which employees are encouraged to drop work for a bit and join in some light banter.
Run a good-old-fashioned theme day, with a difference.
- For instance, a Mexican Fiesta day could see employees dressing in theme, with some Mexican themed music in common areas, perhaps a few posters, or Mexican fiesta-style decor.
- Create a custom newsletter with Mexican themed recipes, art and craft and run workshops on these on-site. Stream this so employees working from home can enjoy the day too.
- Let everyone who joins video calls also stick to this fun dress code for the day to lighten the mood.
- This social contact has a positive effect on you during a pandemic like this.
During the lockdown, everyone’s discovered their inner chef (or lack thereof!). Have a chef come in or stream their cooking session to all employees.
- Share ingredient lists in advance so that those working from home can cook along.
- Record the session so everyone can try out the recipes on the weekend at home.
- If these recipes can be healthy, immune-boosting, or incorporate superfoods, it might be even more relevant to a workforce that’s trying to keep up immunity and eat healthier.
Your employee engagement and wellness initiatives will need to give a sense of safety and comfort that some employees need while offering the excitement and distraction others may seek. Using a combination of the initiatives suggested, you should be able to strike the right balance.