Working from home full time might not be a position that you expected to find yourself in. A lot of us are used to the hustle and bustle of a commute and a busy office with lots going on, so working at home feels like a big change.
It's true that working from home has some considerable benefits like more time with your family, extra-long lie-ins, and being able to work in your pyjamas, but working from home can be quite isolating - especially if you live alone.
Here at HRS, we know that it's important to boost team engagement while everyone's working at home. It's good for team morale, it helps you stay connected and it can encourage you to get out of the house!
There are a lot of different ways that you can boost team engagement while everyone is working from home, but before we get into that, we want to tell you about a challenge the HRS team took part in during February - The February Mile Challenge.
During the month of February, we all decided to raise money for three different charities by walking, running, and cycling.
In total, we managed to cover a whopping 2,824 miles, raising a total of £7,692 for our chosen charities! While we weren't able to get together to run, walk or cycle, this was a really great way of boosting team engagement and challenging ourselves to get outdoors for a good cause.
Of course, you don't have to participate in fundraising activities like this to boost team engagement (although it is great fun). There are loads of creative ways you can get together as a team while working from home! Here are a few more suggestions that you and your team might enjoy:
- Friday night Zoom quiz - like a pub quiz but without the struggle of finding a table! This is another great way to get your team engaged in friendly competition. Why not offer some prizes as an incentive to get involved?
- Creative competition - this could be anything from baking to creating a fun piece of artwork. Challenge your colleagues to create something and share it with the team, you might be surprised to discover some hidden talents.
- Virtual coffee breaks - we all love to have 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day to catch up with our colleagues over a coffee. Why not plan a quick coffee over zoom to break up the day?
We're sure we'll be trying out some fun and inspiring remote team-building exercises over the next few months because team engagement is something that's always been engrained in the HRS workplace! We certainly won't be letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of our fun.
These are just a few different ways that you can help your remote workers to stay engaged with others. Take a look at the current positions we have at HRS if you want to join our team!
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