Maintaining morale while working from home
As more and more cities enact guidelines for their residents to shelter in place and thousands of businesses that do not provide essential services must send workers home, there’s an ever-increasing need to maintain and boost team morale. At this point, everyone in my organization has been working from home for four days, and a lot of us are already feeling isolated and missing the camaraderie we have during our typical days in the office. My coworkers and I have been brainstorming different ways to maintain “office” culture as we face at least two more weeks of working from home. Here are a few that we’ve come up with:
- Since we missed our in-person office happy hour for St. Patrick’s day, some folks hopped on a video call for a quick cheers after hours
- Mental break + lunch over Zoom
- “Zoom walks” to get some exercise and sun during brainstorming sessions, one on ones, or larger team meetings
- Sharing photos of the pets and/or family we’re hunkering down with
Perhaps now more than ever, we’re all looking for reasons to smile. Most importantly, it’s key to remember that we’re all in this together and it’s okay to rely on each other as we navigate these uncertain times. What are some of the ways your team is boosting morale while working from home?