Gratitude: How do I show appreciation to my team during lockdown?
We spoke to three business owners to find out how they keep their teams motivated and engaged during a global pandemic and lockdown.
Tor Imrie-Bell – Director, ReVibe Marketing
As a team ReVIBe grew stronger over lockdown, we learned to support each other remotely and Zoom became our best friend. The mental health of my team was a priority and I knew investing in their growth and empowerment would be the best support.
We had so much fun while we learned laughing yoga, speech & storytelling and photography. Small acts of kindness both ways showed how much we appreciate each other. We knew it was going to be hard to balance home and work life so in the early days I ordered everyone a week of handmade pasta from Pasta Evangelist.
When times got a little tougher we invested in salt lamps to help cleanse workspaces and recharge energy. My team surprised me with a box of sweet treats as well as flowers and when our first academy client booked I organised champagne to be delivered to everyone’s door so we could all celebrate together, cheers over Zoom was a whole new concept.
Bridie Gallagher – Managing Director, Glass Digital
For us, the most important thing has been clear and honest communication. When we had to make the difficult decision to furlough some staff, we shared a full contingency plan outlining how coronavirus had impacted the business and the measures we would take to get everyone back to work. We have continued to provide regular updates and check in on employee wellbeing.
The lockdown has also highlighted the value of existing perks and processes. We may have substituted social outings for Zoom quizzes and office pizza days for takeaway voucher codes, but we’re finding ways to make it work.
Laura Kingston – Founder and Editor-in-Chief, High Life North
I operate a freelance model to run HLN which meant we didn’t really see too much change at first – we all work from home anyway. It started to take a strain when we wanted to meet for a brainstorm or to talk through some ideas. As creatives it can be really difficult to get the same level of energy and inspiration when working in enforced silos.
At the beginning of lockdown we did Instagram takeovers with each member of the team which worked really well because we (and our readers) all got to know each other better. We’ve used lockdown to make lots of improvements so keeping everyone up-to-date with that has been really motivating for everyone involved – I just can’t wait to get everyone together when we can. We are going to make truffles at La Chocolatrice then drink wine together.