How to Promote Human Contact During the Pandemic

Posted by Andy Holmes on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

“Social Distancing” is a term that - up until a few months ago - none of had heard of. Now, after months of quarantine, it’s a way of life.

For the majority of America, the states are trying to flatten the curve. Especially, in places like California, Florida, and Texas people are left to bide their time and work remotely from home.

The world is undergoing the biggest remote work experiment in history. Maybe production and work can continue in certain industries, but human connection can’t be replaced. Social Distancing and remote work have forced us to isolate from one another and drastically limited our movement. Forced isolation has also robbed us of something that many of us may have taken for granted, human connection.

Now, more than ever, it’s important for workers to make extra efforts to stay connected to others.

Get Creative. Ways to actively connect.

Any organization should be providing ways for its members to interact with each other during this time. No one can really host a company luncheon or outing right now so organizations need to get creative.

One of the few positives that have come out of the pandemic is the advances in online seminars and workshops. The bulk of these types of online seminars are free and range from mindfulness and to how to be creative in isolation. There are so money options, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Second Home (weekly masterclass sessions on creativity, money management, etc.)
  • Creative Mornings (“field trips” include everything from deep work to writing a book)
  • Glow Up Gang (seminars on resumes, relationships, cooking, and more!)

Encourage your team and workers to attend and participate in seminars. It’s best to attend in pairs or groups because group chats can be scheduled afterward to discuss the content of the seminar and create human connections amongst your team members.

Create Challenges

This might sound silly, but adding levity and something light-hearted to your company ranks like a challenge can go a long way in creating culture and connection. Come up with a TikTok dance challenge between departments. Implement a workout challenge to promote health or challenge them to pick up a hobby in the arts during this time.

Create virtual social gatherings

Not every zoom call needs to be about business. It’s still important to make sure everyone winds down. Create settings online where employees can interact with one another in a personal manner virtually. You can also incorporate online games like trivia or Jackbox.

Leveraging online, cloud-based mentoring soft-ware (like Wisdom Share, provided by Mentor Resources) can also really help you keep your team engaged and connected during this time. It’s more important now than ever before that mentees connect with mentors virtually on a frequent basis to decompress while we all get through this time.

Mentor Resources can help any company to leverage technology to create tailored career development programs that are cost-effective. Our mentoring software - Wisdom Share is a cloud-based program that is simple and comes with guided workflows. Included are tools for administrators to attract, enroll, connect, and guide participants. We also provide analytics to ensure you can monitor your employee development program and easily see ROI metrics.

Reach out to us today for a Free Demonstration of our software.

 

Topics: web-based mentoring