Working from home was a shock for many of us. COVID-19 took the decision out of our hands. At first, we adjusted to this new normal and balanced home school or social distancing with work duties. We set up home “offices” and became literate in remote technology. We helped isolated family, friends, and neighbors cope.
Then the novelty wore off and the frustrations and stresses set in. Four weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, our nerves are frayed.
But in this time of uncertainty, the ability to have a positive mindset is a key component of our overall health and wellbeing. We turned to EBI’s own Human Resources team for some inspiring ways to boost morale.
Every workday, EBI employees receive an inspirational message. This company-wide email initiative is part of a larger approach to keep employees engaged and happy while working remotely. There are numerous health benefits to having a positive mindset:
It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables us to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on our bodies.
Being aware of this link is important as you craft strategies for maintaining engaged employees. The concepts of positivity, morale, and engagement don’t exist in silos. They are intertwined and are best activated with a heavy dose of empathy, says Julie Mulhern, Director of Human Resources at EBI.
Here are some fresh and fun ways Mulhern and her EBI team have improved employee culture and positivity during COVID-19. We hope you’ll be inspired to do the same.
Remaining positive and helping mitigate fears by continually educating staff on the state of the business, economy, and other details lessens employees’ anxiety about what is going on around them.
As this new WFH situation evolves, we are learning how to navigate this challenging COVID-19 business environment just like everyone else. If you have any tips for boosting employee engagement, we’d love to hear about them. Email us or share your idea on our LinkedIn page.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question, either. We are here to help. Get to know EBI and speak with one of our experts.
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Writer. Digital marketer. Storyteller. An award-winning writer and editor, Tricia O'Connor is the Marketing Content Manager at EBI. Tricia worked as a broadcast and print journalist for nearly two decades writing and producing programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel, as well as contributing editorial work to publications nationwide. Tricia joined the EBI marketing team in 2019 and is responsible for content strategy, development, and engagement. Tricia earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a proud undergraduate alumna of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.