It’s tricky keeping teams motivated and safe – even more so if they’re furloughed and you’re treading the careful line between caring for them and following the government furlough rules. Communication is key to checking everyone is safe, sharing and strong. Don’t forget…
- Healthy means happy – why not share healthy store cupboard recipe ideas (or even host a cook-along!), do an exercise or yoga class together, or take on a team exercise challenge to raise a few pounds for the NHS or local charity? Endless possibilities.
- Take on the tech – Zoom, Microsoft Teams…we’re all experts by now! Make the most of the extra personal, face to face opportunities they provide. Don’t be lazy – stay off internal emails, avoid the phone and have a face to face with a member of the team who pops into your thoughts. Catch ups, one to ones, team meetings, lunches, tea rounds…give them all the personal touch.
- Compete – why not host a team quiz night, or encourage the team to share any successes. They might have just smashed their 5km PB, baked a knock-out Victoria sponge, or managed 20 press-ups – it doesn’t matter!
- Feel the beat – is someone quieter, more reserved, distracted, not as creative, less accurate in their work? All potential warning signs helping you to identify an individual’s greater need for your attention. Although survey’s are a great way of taking a team pulse, real-time thumbs up or down, or scores out of 10 are often just as good. Focus on the solutions to raise the bar and focus where extra support might be needed.
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Remember to keep a record of communications to show that you’ve not required furloughed employees to carry out any work during this period, as doing so might jeopardise any government reimbursement under the Job Retention Scheme.