Team morale is a state of mind.
Work has never been the same ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Cities have been placed under lockdown. Establishments were forced to close to help lessen the spread of the virus. And for most companies like Sodexo, remote work policies have been implemented to safeguard the health of employees.
In a time of isolation and uncertainty, it can be challenging to keep the team spirit up. Things will get worse before they get better and everyone has a role to play. So, whether you are a manager or a team member, you can do these simple things to help your team stay productive and engaged.
1. Do a quick check-in
And make it a habit.
Casual conversations are great morale boosters. Striking up a conversation with a colleague is probably the easiest thing you can do right now. It takes less than a minute to message people and ask how they are doing. You can do this in the afternoon to take a break (or fight the temptation to sleep) while working from home.
2. Share an accomplishment
Has your organization done something to help the community? Share it. Were you able to achieve business goals despite setbacks? Let the team know. Having a COVID-19-free workforce is also a huge accomplishment. Celebrate it.
Now, more than ever, maintaining a sense of togetherness is an effective morale booster. In normal circumstances, we’re bonded by shared goals; and that shouldn’t change just because we’re not physically together.
3. Maintain a sense of humor
While acknowledging the seriousness of the recent events is just appropriate, it is also important to remain positive. Spread good vibes by sharing a funny story, cracking a joke, or simply making the tone of communication light and fun. This can effectively boost team morale more than you think.
4. Host a virtual office activity
Large gatherings can now be done virtually, thanks to technology. All you need is an electronic invite and an interesting virtual event that your team finds enjoyable. You can watch a movie, hold a videoke contest, do a house tour, or play a game online.
What does your team enjoy doing together? Can it be done virtually? Do you have the right tools to make it happen?
5. Call it a day
Just because your team is working from home doesn’t mean you should all work around the clock.
At the end of the workday, acknowledge the efforts of your team and make sure they sign off. You’ll be surprised how this simple action can have a positive impact on team morale. Calling it a day shows that, even remotely, you set boundaries and care about their well-being.