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For many, trying to get work done with kids at home can get a little crazy. We put together printable activity books, including a coloring book and scavenger hunt, to give little ones some “work” to help parents catch up on emails or just enjoy their coffee while it’s still hot. It’s been fun to see everyone’s kids’ artwork, and quite a few of us have even downloaded the pages ourselves to enjoy some fun breaks. Download your own copies here.
Giving kudos and small incentives
Initially, the Sales team started giving away small weekly prizes (Amazon gift cards, picking a theme for the daily team call, etc.) to the top-performing Account Executive that week. After seeing how a dose of healthy competition sparked enthusiasm, we extended the idea to the whole company and set up a Kudos Slack channel for employees to give a shout out when someone goes above and beyond to help a teammate or client. Everyone submitted then gets to spin the virtual wheel for a prize that week.
Kids and pet social hour
Adorable kids and cute pets are a no brainer for a morale boost. Just when it’s reaching the 3 PM slump, a couple of times a month we’ll have a kids and pets social video call for people to stop in with their families and hang out. Something that wouldn’t be possible in the office, it’s a nice plus getting to know our coworkers better and meet the important friends and pets in their lives.
Wellness slack channel
Our office loves slack as we typically have a mix of full-time remote workers and in-office employees, but recently we’ve really stepped it up a notch adding new channels to build remote communities. One of the best ones so far is our wellness channel where people are sharing mindfulness tips, at-home workouts, and new recipes to try.
We hope you found an idea or two in this post to borrow from us. For more on running your firm remotely including establishing long-term work from home standards, strategies for keeping the team on course, and more, visit our remote firm management guide.
This content was originally posted here: https://blog.bigtime.net/bigtime-blog/how-were-keeping-office-morale-high-while-working-from-home
Trilby Lawless is the Digital Content Manager at BigTime Software.