ChicExecs Co-Founder and Co-President, Nikki Carlson, provides her tips on how to keep your employees engaged and spread holiday cheer remotely in Forbes blog.
During normal times, the holidays are a season of joy and festivities at the office. But during the Covid-19 pandemic, odds are that the annual holiday party has been postponed until 2021.
Try these five tips to safely spread some cheer for the holidays.
Lead a virtual give-back initiative.
Social responsibility programs can increase employee engagement by 7.5% and reduce turnover by a whopping 50%. ’Tis the season to give back, after all. Engage your employees with a give-back project they can safely participate in from afar.
Host a gift exchange over Zoom.
It’s completely possible to host a gift exchange party via Zoom. Remember, always make gift exchange parties optional. Your employees might not want to participate for various reasons, so don’t be a “mandatory fun” kind of manager.
Invite employees to an online class.
Teams bond when they share a common experience. You can’t ask employees to meet in person for the foreseeable future, but you can still create shared experiences remotely. What can you do together over Zoom? Host a baking class or crafting workshop.
Send holiday goodies to their front door.
It’s not the same, but you can still engage employees by mailing goodies straight to their door. If you’re an avid home baker, whip up a few batches of cookies for your employees. But if that’s not your cup of tea, there’s nothing wrong with delivering Godiva chocolates through the mail.
Provide employees with monetary bonuses.
We get it: Business was probably rough this year. Not every leader can afford generous holiday bonuses for their employees right now. If that’s you, don’t feel bad. Use the other four tips in this guide to engage employees during the holidays. But if you can afford it, give your employees a holiday bonus.
Read Nikki’s full blog here.