Employee Engagement through Social Distancing

  • March 18, 2020

  • The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

Social Distancing Means Now More Than Ever You Should Be Focusing on Engagement with Your Co-workers and Employees.

The CDC has recommended many essential precautions to address COVID-19 and as a result, social distancing is now becoming the new norm in our daily lives. Social Distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. As we take precautions and look out for ourselves and others through social distancing, we are at a critical point in time where must take more time than ever to invest in the needs of our co-workers and employees.

Alleviating some of the stress our co-workers and employees are feeling will allow for better engagement and as we know, engaged employees are more productive, more innovative and influence co-workers in a positive way. Three big things we all need during this time.

Today we highlight three actions you can take to feel more connected to your employees and co-workers:

  • Show compassion.  Take a moment and ask the people you work with how they’re doing and really listen. No one expects you to have all the answers, but a compassionate ear goes a long way.
  • Ask people for their ideas and thoughts. We’re in uncharted waters, involving people in the planning of the work that affects them feeds innovation and inclusion.
  • Assume best intentions. Don’t assume people are abusing this new, largely remote, work world. Assuming people are trying their best allows you to approach every conversation with a positive and productive frame of mind.

What are some ways you’re focusing on engagement with your employees in this time of social distancing?