Across the globe, many companies are doing their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by transitioning to remote work. For many teams and individuals, this will be their first time working from home.
During these unprecedented times, it’s never been more important to keep your team engaged. The Cooleaf platform allows team members to stay connected and inspired through virtual challenges designed to encourage teamwork, professional development, and embracing a healthy lifestyle.
Here are five examples of virtual challenges our clients are using to maintain a positive company culture with a remote team.
Challenge – Let’s Have Coffee
Workplace friendships are proven to boost employee creativity and productivity. While offline friendships are often born out of physical proximity, there’s no reason to shy away from online friendships.
In the Let’s Have Coffee Challenge, employees schedule a virtual lunch or coffee using a video conferencing tool such as Google Hangouts, Discord, or Zoom. During the meeting, employees learn about one another by sharing one fun fact about themselves and taking a “selfie” screenshot.
Challenge – Share Your Workspace
One of the best ways to keep employees connected is by sharing photos and stories from our day-to-day lives.
In the Share Your Workspace Challenge, team members can earn reward points for sharing a photo of their home workspace. Whether they do their best work at a desk, couch, or the kitchen table, employees are encouraged to show off their unique workspace. Furry coworkers are welcome, too!
You can also get creative and ask team members to show off particular items in their house, such as favorite mugs, souvenirs, or something else. Make it a work-from-home scavenger hunt!
Challenge – Idea Share: Focus & Productivity at Home
Working from home isn’t one-size-fits-all. By sharing their best tips to stay focused and productive, employees can try out different tactics and learn what works for them.
In the Focus & Productivity Idea Share Challenge, team members share their best productivity hacks and resources for working from home. Time management tips, organization tools, or playlists to help you get in the zone are encouraged.
Challenge – Step Into Spring
With spring in full swing, it’s the perfect time to lace up your sneakers and go for a walk.
Step challenges encourage employees to meet physical fitness goals, establish healthy habits, and connect virtually with their team. Participants connect with a step tracker such as a FitBit, MisFit, or mobile device, and their steps automatically sync to the platform.
In the Step Into Spring Challenge, employees compete to see who can reach the highest step count while earning rewards and getting healthy.
Challenge – 10-Minute Mindfulness
Practicing meditation can help employees reduce stress and boost their immune systems. The 10-Minute Mindfulness Challenge encourages employees to try meditating for 10 minutes each day for five consecutive days. Employees can use a mindfulness app such as Headspace to track their meditation time.
In addition to meditation, challenges can emphasize other techniques for stress-management and self-care during coronavirus quarantine or isolation. You may wish to help employees destress by sharing gratitude, practicing breathwork, or encouraging them to set a time to unplug and relax.