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Social distancing does not necessarily mean social isolation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have found ways to help their employees stay connected without compromising their health and safety.
However, maintaining holiday traditions and celebrating special events while taking protective measures can prove trickier. There are persistent challenges associated with involving remote workers or people other than immediate household members in meaningful engagement.
Halloween on Saturday provides an example.
When planning holiday celebrations, it is important to consider community levels of COVID-19, the location and duration of gatherings, origins and destinations of attendees, and behaviors of attendees prior to meeting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With this in mind, many are opting out of in-person Halloween traditions.
An organization’s culture is a valuable asset that attracts qualified candidates and encourages retention. Workplace culture is enhanced when employees can have fun together. The pandemic has created unexpected barriers that require alternative approaches to nurture togetherness, honor traditions and celebrate diversity.
Here are some safe ways to engage employees in Halloween-themed activities:
Here are some alternatives to going door-to-door this Halloween:
The pandemic is forcing people to rethink their definition of a satisfying interaction. Many sources provide meaning in life meaning – work, hobbies, social and family time, faith, travel, fitness activities and simply being alone. With the “new normal,” it is more important than ever for employers to get creative to fulfill employees’ need for connection.
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