How to keep team spirits high during a crisis like Corona
Let’s be realistic, the coronavirus will have some serious consequences. A lot of companies are closing down and wherever possible, people are working from home. Great for companies that are equipped to do so, not so great for the bond between colleagues.
Because of the new ‘working from home’ trend that is momentarily forced upon many of us, chances are the company team spirit is suffering. Ofcourse, you don’t want to just let this happen. In the following, you can read a few tips & tricks to help you better navigate this uncertain and dividing time at the office.
Hold people responsible
Ignore this, and the results will be disastrous.
Ofcourse, the majority of your employees can be trusted to work from home, but there’s always those few individuals who will take the opportunity to work less (or not at all), weighing on the payload and being detrimental to the well-being of the company.
You want your employees to stick to a schedule, knowing when they’re working or when they’re on break.
We at Merchandise Essentials have decided to dress up every morning as if we were going to work and send each other a selfie in our group chat. We believe it’s a nice way to see your colleagues every day and to stay motivated, even when working remotely.
Improving team spirit after the virus
Once this time of social distancing has passed (sooner rather than later!), it’s important to have planned some team activities. After a certain period of isolation, it will be an adjustment to having to work together again.
Go exercise together, share a meal or go watch that movie everyone’s excited about! Preparation is key to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.
Make it crystal clear what is expected from your employees during their days working from home. Make a list with agreements and send it to everyone. Make sure the rules are clear to everybody and, most importantly, stick to them.
Start a business plan that prepares you for the future. We can’t stress this enough: this too shall pass. Be forward thinking and get ready to plan team activities, business strategies and a post-Corona client approach.
Make a grand gesture and show your employees how much you care for them. Thank people for their hard work by sending them some company swag: a hoodie, a blanket or some socks. People will feel greatly appreciated, which in turn will kick-start their motivation.
If all this sounds like something your company would be interested in, please feel free to contact us!