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10 ways to maintain employee engagement during lockdown

Effective leadership amid a global pandemic isn’t easy – you may have both furloughed workers and employees working from home that need to remain occupied.

Here are ten valuable tips to keep employee engagement high during these uncertain times.

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10 ways to maintain employee engagement during lockdown

Effective leadership amid a global pandemic isn’t easy – you may have both furloughed workers and employees working from home that need to remain occupied.

Here are ten valuable tips to keep employee engagement high during these uncertain times.

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1).       Have a clear leadership strategy

You should, by now, have a transparent plan of action. If your staff know what work they are doing and what strategy to follow, it’ll make these challenging times easier.

If you need some inspiration, the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce runs a #keepbusinessmoving discussion on Twitter that sees local businesses share insight.

2).        Be sensitive to change

Remote working is a new concept for many businesses, so it may have taken time for your employees to adjust. Make sure you’re receptive to any difficulties they could face while working from home, whether they be childcare issues or looking after vulnerable relatives.

3).        Create an intranet site for furloughed workers

You will especially want to keep any employees you have on furlough engaged. Creating a dedicated intranet page or site, replete with HR guidelines, legal documents and more, will provide a vital pillar of support for keeping them informed.        

4).        Show and build trust

Your staff are surrounded by a number of distractions now they’re working from home. However, constantly checking in on them will only see employee satisfaction drop.

If remote working is going to be successful for your business, you have to trust that your staff will meet deadlines and remain consistent.

5).        Maintain a social buzz  

Don’t micro manage your staff, but do keep in touch with them regularly. Whether they are on furlough or working remotely, download some remote working tools and organise quiz nights and Friday night socials.

6).        Encourage self-development

While your furloughed workers are under no obligation to work, they could take this opportunity to build their skills. Compile a list of online learning resources that they might find helpful, and encourage them to pursue a skill they’ve always wanted to learn.

7).        Maintain creativity and collaboration

One thing that may impact employee satisfaction is the absence of the buzz and creativity of the open-plan office. Ensure your staff stay creative with a Slack page or an agenda-free virtual meet, where your team can share ideas and concepts.

8).        Optimise for mobile

Any employees you have on furlough will probably not be using their work devices, so ensure any communications you send out are optimised for mobile. Tailor your employee engagement to include podcasts and videos to keep your staff entertained.

9).        Think of your staff’s mental health  

Working in isolation can have a negative effect on your employees’ mental health, while any staff on furlough may be feeling the strain due to lack of activity. Don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know you’re there if they need to talk, and be clear about any updates.

To offer a helping hand, BCU Advantage have teamed up with Akeila Browne Coaching to offer a series of free Health and Wellbeing webinars that could be useful. To take advantage of this resource simply register today.

10).      Create ambassadors for employee engagement

Assign some of your employees to be internal ambassadors, who can reach out to their colleagues in times of need. This will help maintain a sense of community and ensure your staff, furloughed or not, stay connected.


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