7 Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement During COVID-19

Is it possible for leaders to increase employee engagement during COVID-19? How can teams learn apart together?

Today I’d like to focus on what we as talent developers can do to help organizations increase employee engagement and connection, during these trying times.

What if I told you that you can improve the outcome of learning apart together through intentional employee engagement? Yes, the COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly disrupted the way organizations conduct business. With change happening so fast, most talent development divisions have suspended many of their in-classroom programs and onsite services.

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” — Eric Hoffer

For Talent Development Professional, we are missing the face- to- face employee engagement moments that we enjoy. However, we see this is an excellent opportunity to use this time to add value to leaders and their teams. We are fully equipped and ready to use our change leadership skills to develop our employees by leveraging existing resources.

For leaders, we understand that many of your organizations have suspended training plans and services. We recognize that you’ve now found yourself at a new crossroads, in need of solutions to a problem you’ve never encountered before.

For employees, we want you to know that you are our most valuable asset. We are aware that you are adopting to and coping with a new reality that you have never experienced before. We also know that you are ambitious professionals who want to show up as your most resilient self during this crisis.

Consider this: The COVID-19 pandemic is a temporary bend and not the permanent end to talent development.

In one of my recent executive sessions with Cindy (Meyer) Weingartner, ACC, ELI-MP, she shared ideas that helped her to improve her resiliency, and that led to a career helping thousands of people around the globe own their success, and as a result, live much more fulfilled lives. Below are seven tips we came up with to help leaders and their teams learn together while being apart:

1. LAUNCH A BOOK CLUB: Engage employees in a book club where they read and discuss to build awareness, competency or change behaviors as individual /team. Be sure to enjoy and document the journey!

Check out your local library on search online for access to eBook resources.

2. CREATE “LEARNING POINTS”: Empower managers to engage their employees in a learning journey and give out learning points upon completion. Focus employees on specific employee engagement activities that cultivate and promote the organization’s culture and behaviors.

Use the www.SmartSheet.com tool to track outcomes and to share employee feedback.

3. START A MASTERMIND GROUP. Start a management mastermind group as a safe space for managers across the organization to connect and collaborate as a community. Leaders can connect via video chat to share challenges, ideas, and best practices and support one another.

Read this article: https://medium.com/swlh/how-to-start-your-mastermind-group-f6eb5bd354d5

4. PRACTICE REFLECTIVE JOURNALING: Encourage employees to create a written or typed narration of their thoughts, experiences, and feelings to the new normal. Journaling is an excellent opportunity for employees to practice disconnecting to observe/unpack /explore and process their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Check out: https://journey.cloud/diary-template

5. CONDUCT BUSINESS REVIEWS: Collaborate with other leaders in your organization and conduct Business Reviews and planning (this is probably the most beneficial to the field. This gets lost when they are so busy engaged in other work duties). You may also consider gathering individuals across the company matrix to work in teams on a business issue through a capstone project.

Listen to: https://titaniumsuccess.com/podcast/annual-business-review/

6. PROVIDE VIRTUAL COACHING: Create a safe space for your employees to share challenges, seek advice as they learn to adapt to their new routine, ask questions, and receive one on one support from you. When employees feel supported, they are inspired to do the same for others.

Use Zoom or Skype to schedule your sessions.

7. ATTEND A FREE ONLINE TRAINING: Now is an excellent time for you to upskill and or complete that compliance training you are required to take. Guess what? Most front-line staff or field workers don’t have excellent skills in PPT or Excel. Not to worry, if you want to move up into leadership, then you will need PPT skills. All employees could use more advanced skills in Excel to help them evaluate their data more effectively. Attend a FREE online training and prepare yourself for advancement.

Check out: https://www.themuse.com/advice/43-classes-you-can-take-right-now-to-advance-your-career-and-theyre-free

While your leadership development and employee training plans have shifted. Let’s leverage our existing resources to #LearnApartTogether

#covid19 #employeeengagement #learningtips #HumanResources

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