I work on a project of ~50 people, split across 4 sites. To maintain employee engagement, we have various long-running employee engagement activities, including:
- Team morning teas/coffees
- After work drinks
- Out-of-office activities (e.g. volunteering, escape room, etc.)
- Town halls (whole project updates)
However, with the onset of COVID-19, we are making the switch to working from home arrangements. Obviously some of our current activities can translate to this model, such as having coffee catch-ups over video conferences, but I was wondering if anyone has any innovative suggestions for other activities? I have looked at this question on general engagement but feel it doesn't quite apply. One current plan we have is to mail a "care package" to team members and have everyone open it during a team meeting.
Note that we are tracking and managing people's personal circumstances during this time (e.g. carer responsibilities with schools closing) to cater to more practical engagement needs.
The specific problem I'm looking at addressing is the risk that team members will feel isolated and disengage. This is in part due to the removal of their every-day interactions with colleagues, as well as the broader social isolation resultant of COVID-19 ("social distancing" campaigns, mandated isolation, etc.).
In this context I'll limit the definition of an engaged team member to one that feels personally connected with the rest of the team/project. This connection could be at the one-on-one level (previously improved by coffee catch-ups), one-on-many (drinks or morning teas) or one-on-project level (project updates).