TLDR: Encourage people to meet in person. If they live nearby or are in the same city as each other, put out an incentive to meet. Flying people out from different states or countries can be costly, making small groups within the company by location is the best action for IRL meets. Create location-based Slack groups and enable employees to plan meetups. Another method is hosting small virtual coffee breaks. The frequency of these coffee breaks should be high but the length of the meeting should be short. This will encourage people to come to the call and quickly chat without making it feel like another meeting. Having a couple of questions ready on hand will get the ball rolling. Another way that employees can connect is by renting out a WeWork or other coworking space. This way people can feel the sense of being in an office work environment, and communicate on the projects they are working on.
TLDR: Layoffs are a tough time, but letting employees know of their importance is crucial. Reassurance through small gestures, and letting them know how much they contribute to the company is important. HR and people teams also go through tough times as their team may also get smaller due to the layoffs. Creating a small support team for individuals to talk, or encouraging employees to communicate with their work friends is encouraged as this can be a stress reliever.
TLDR: When going through tough times, it's good to be near family, friends, or even pets. Having someone as support can uplift the mood and remove stress. When feeling stressed or overworked, simply allow employees to disconnect and encourage to employees to take time off. Burnout is bad, allowing employees to reset their minds and mental stability will help them get back on track. Placing boundaries is important in any workplace environment and letting managers know about respecting boundaries is critical.
TLDR: Most activities have been cut due to budget cuts, but the new challenge is how to make the same impact with a lower budget. Some have opted to remove gifts and divert toward more philanthropic benefits like planting trees or reducing carbon waste under employees’ names. Others have put more importance on having a EOY grand party rather than having multiple holiday events to save on costs. This way the comapny can still build connections, cater food, and create a overall fun experience for everyone.
TLDR: Policies vary across companies for Covid-19, some have strict vaccination policies while others are more relaxed where vaccination is recommended but not required. However, most still have strict requirements where employees must be vaccinated when entering the office and take multiple rapid tests before a company event. Meeting clients, coming into the office, or company events, every employee must conduct a rapid test before entering.
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This meeting focused on how to get people excited to be back in office, measuring impact, and improving the onboarding process.