7 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated in Lockdown

Keep Your Team Motivated in Lockdown

The weeks we’ve been in lockdown are suddenly building up. The novelty is almost certainly starting to wear off, and it may be getting more difficult to keep your team motivated as they realise that working from home could continue for much longer than we first expected.   

When people get sluggish, so do their processes. Not only does this affect their work, but it may also impact the way they approach everything – which could include cyber security. If you can keep your team motivated, not only are you keeping business productivity up, you are also lessening the risk of your business falling prey to the hackers taking full advantage of people being a little off guard at the moment. 

In our recent blogs, we’ve spoken to you a lot about how to protect your company from cybercrime. So today, we’re going for a more light-hearted approach and looking at ways you can keep your team motivated, which will reap benefits in so many different ways.

Here are our seven top tips to keep your team motivated as lockdown continues – both in and out of work hours…

 

1 – The daily huddle

While everyone is physically separated, we’re really fortunate that there are so many options available for us to have group video calls. It’s no secret that we are fans of Microsoft Teams for this. Read more on this in our blog: Bring Your Team Together With Microsoft Teams During Covid-19. If you don’t have Teams though, another great option is Zoom.

So, why not have a daily huddle with your team. Here at Somerbys, we all jump on a call at 10.15am each day. It doesn’t last long, but it means we are in touch in the most face-to-face way we can be.

2 Walking team meeting

Why not take your team on a walk? If there’s no reason why you need to be sat at a desk for a meeting, why not suggest you all get out and stretch your legs while you’re on the call. Everyone will come back to their desks much more motivated to crack on.

3 Friday beers

Yes, we’d all much rather be heading down to the local pub for a Friday beer after clocking off at the end of the week, but not being able to do that doesn’t mean it can’t happen at all. You can either do it all together on a virtual chat, or, if you feel your team has had enough of being in front of a screen, ask everyone to send in a 5pm selfie of themselves with their beverage of choice – sat in the garden, flopped in front of the TV or, for the healthier among us, downing a protein drink before heading out for that Friday evening run!  

And this leads us to more ideas for outside of work hours. Our work and home lives are being mixed more than ever before, so you might need to increase the social side of things. With the lack of water cooler banter, finding ways to keep your team spirit up always pays off. 

4 Exercise competitions 

It’s all too easy to sit on the couch and not get out of the house. Inciting your team to keep up with regular exercise in their spare time will really help them look after their overall wellbeing. What about an exercise contest using apps such as Strava or MyFitnessPal? Whether running, walking or cycling, you could base it on distance, speed or even who can create the best shape on their route!

Excercise Will Keep Your Team Motivated in Lockdown

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Quizzes and games

If you haven’t taken part in a virtual quiz since lockdown, frankly, you haven’t lived! The Radio Times has created a great resource that you can use to create your own quiz quickly and easily. But if quizzes aren’t your thing or you need to shake things up a bit, games like bingo, Pictionary and charades work really well on virtual chats. And lots of games now have online versions, like Monopoly, Uno and even Cards Against Humanity – now that’s sure to get everyone laughing! 

6 Gaming events

Have you got any gamers in your team? If so, this is another ideal way to connect. A lockdown favourite is Nintendo’s Animal Crossing, where you can create your personal island paradise – an ideal bit of escapism at the moment! Get everyone to design their own perfect place – the results can be quite amusing!

7 Send a little surprise

In times when things are getting a bit same-y (may we even say monotonous?), receiving something unexpected through the post makes it feel like Christmas! So why not send each of your team a little pick-me-up? Other retailers are, of course, available, but here are some of our favourite companies that can send things directly to your team members’ doors: 

Beer Hawk: why not deliver the beer for Friday beers?! That’s going to make everyone smile and instantly improve morale for the following Monday morning. 

Moonpig: even just a card can be enough to improve morale – include a note saying thank you for their hard work at this strange time. Tailor a card for each member of the team to make the gesture more meaningful. 

Sponge: who doesn’t like getting cake? Sponge has a great range of cakes, from one slice with a card, to a selection of mini cakes or even a full-size party cake! Something to add to the daily team huddle for a change? 

 

As you can see, there are lots of ways you can keep your team motivated during these lockdown times. They are simple, quick to organise and can make all the difference with keeping productivity and morale up, as well as maintaining key aspects of your business such as reliable cyber security practices.

 

We’d love to hear if you decide to give any of these a go! And, as always, the whole Somerbys IT team is here for you if you have any questions or concerns about your cyber safety. Contact us on 0333 456 4431 or info@somerbysit.co.uk

Bring Your Team Together with Microsoft Teams During COVID-19

While we’re all stuck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s more important than ever to stay in touch with people. Yes, we need to keep our businesses running to support our clients and our own livelihoods, but it’s not just about the work. Mental health will play a huge part in getting us through this, and staying connected with our colleagues, but also our family and friends, will be key to keeping a positive mindset.

There are many brilliant tools to help us with this, but a particular favourite of ours here at Somerbys IT is Microsoft Teams – and the good news is, you’ve probably already got it. If you have an Office 365 suite, then Microsoft Teams will already be installed on your computer. And if you don’t, then Microsoft offers a free version that you can install.

 

Different ways to use Microsoft Teams

Simple and cost-effective, Microsoft Teams could be just the lifeline you need at the moment to keep both productivity and morale up! Let’s look at the different ways it can be used…

● Team meetings – why not get the team together for a daily huddle? This way, everyone stays updated with the latest work-wise, but it also lets office camaraderie continue! Here at Somerbys IT, we get together every morning for our ‘10.15am Huddle’.

● Face-to-face contact – this isn’t just important with your team, but with your clients too. It’s vital to carry on offering that personal service, and a virtual face-to-face chat means so much more than a phone call. 

● Instant messaging – you can still have those one-to-one chats that are needed at times, without disturbing the whole office (albeit virtually!).

● File sharing – this has been invaluable for our team! You can share files easily and securely in just a few clicks.

● Social events – you might not be able to get together in person, but why not keep those team events going? Perhaps you could organise Friday beers once you’ve ‘clicked off’, a pop quiz or games night – keep that office banter going!

All of these features are just as great for staying in touch with friends and family too – whole family get-togethers, a night in the ‘virtual pub’ with your mates, some quality grandma time. The important thing is that we stay in touch with everyone we’re used to having contact with, and Microsoft Teams allows you to do this. 

 

Click this link for a great little introduction video by Microsoft themselves to all the ways you can use Teams. However, we are also here to support and guide you through getting to grips with it, so do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.