If you’re a forward-thinking HR person, you’re probably always on the lookout for new ways to support the wellbeing of your people, whether they’re a remote team, a hybrid team or otherwise.
Luckily for you (and for us), our team gets to work with over 100 brilliant HR teams every single day and get to hear about the various team care check-ins and other HR strategies that actually work!
That’s why I talked to Lauren, one of our Customer Success real-life comic book heroes. I asked her for three new ways other HR teams are nurturing remote team wellbeing. Here’s what she shared:
3 new and unusual approaches to supporting remote team wellbeing
Try a team or company-wide 5-10 minute ‘Social Buffer’ for every meeting where everyone gets to chat about their weekends, or what’s going on in their life. This is an easy way to nurture remote team wellbeing because it invites people to bring their whole selves to work (which works to build a psychologically safe environment). Actually build this social time to the calendar to ensure it happens.
A physical challenge – we use 4-minute planking competitions across our organisation, facilitated via Zoom. Physical challenges don’t just breed a bit of healthy competition across your remote and hybrid teams, but they also are great for getting those endorphins flowing – an absolutely essential for any remote team’s wellbeing!
Automate a simple thumbs/thumbs down wellbeing check-in – this is a form you send out regularly (once a month for us) with just thumbs up/down responses. You can sort the responses by thumbs up/down and immediately follow up any thumbs down with a call, then check-in later with the others.
Supporting and nurturing your remote team’s health and wellbeing doesn’t always mean big, expensive projects. Sometimes, it’s the little things, the social moments injected into each day, that helps people feel connected again.
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