The world around us is in flux and your employees are adjusting to the constantly evolving new normal. So what’s changed?
As an employer, you’ll need to ensure your health and wellness program and employee engagement initiatives cater to everyone and factor in these changing dynamics. Here are some new mantras to try:
1. Put Safety First
Whatever you do, ensure it complies with safety and prevention guidelines for COVID-19. That will improve participation and give employees a sense of comfort and security knowing they’re not exposing themselves to risk of infection.
2. Be Regular
Ensure you communicate consistently and regularly so no one feels isolated at any point.
3. Stay Positive
Any overly negative communication is best avoided. Keep events light and competitions friendly.
4. Keep It Simple & Low Effort
Anything that requires employees to set aside a large amount of time or make a lot of extra effort won’t go down well at a time when people are struggling to juggle household chores, home-schooling kids, and office work.
5. Use Working Hours Only
Do not eat into an employee’s personal time to run any events. Ensure any events happen during office hours and not in their downtime or weekends.
6. Find Faces For Your Initiatives
Add a personal touch by getting messaging and engagement for events routed through those employees who are known to be enthusiastic, engaging, and have high traction with their teams or other coworkers. It will improve participation and generate buzz.
7. Don’t Lose Sight of Health & Wellness
It’s easy to neglect general health needs in the shadow of the pandemic. Be proactive in offering your employees safe and reliable means to get back on track with their health – be it chronic illnesses, mental health or general well-being.