The Best Employee Engagement Activities for Zoom

A guide to keeping remote workers connected, happy and fulfilled.

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By the Offsyte Team, December 12, 2022

What is Employee Engagement?

Employee engagement refers to the degree to which remote workers feel connected to their work, team and company overall. The best workplaces have employees that feel valued, respected, connected and happy. For remote workers, employee engagement is extremely important. It can be difficult to feel like part of a workplace if you're never physically there.

Why is Employee Engagement so Important?

Employee engagement is crucial because connected workers are more effective — and happier — workers. According to a study from Gallup, engaged workers were less likely to miss work, more likely to stay at the same job for longer and more productive overall than workers who said they didn't feel engaged.

One way to help keep your remote workers feeling connected is to present activities that help tie them to the team and business. Here is a list of activities that can help your workers feel more engaged.

A Guide to Employee Engagement Ideas for Zoom

Reduce Stressors

One way to increase connectivity among remote workers is to bond with them via stress reduction. When you lower stress levels, you open the avenue for more communication from your team. A less-stressed employee is more likely to open up to the team, and that is always a good thing.

Try Offsyte's Stress Busters in the Workplace for a good employee engagement activity. This class is Zoom only and includes an engaging format where interaction is encouraged. Verbal descriptions, questions, self-reflection and visual demonstrations are all used as a way to reduce emotional, mental and physical stressors.

Host a Party

Everyone loves a happy hour, so why not host a virtual happy hour on Zoom? This employee engagement activity is a simple way to help your team get to know one another in a low-stakes environment. You can keep your Zoom happy hour simple or you can get a bit elaborate and order a mixology kit for everyone.

Another spin on the Zoom happy hour is the virtual coffee break. Same concept, different drinks. During the happy hour (or coffee break), ask your team how they've been feeling, what's on their agenda for work and if they have weekend plans. Anything to get people talking and feeling engaged.

Get Feedback

Employees want to know that what they think matters. You can help them feel valued by literally asking them what they think. Schedule one-on-one Zoom meetings with your team and ask them for feedback on everything under the sun. Ask them for thoughts on their role, your role and the company's direction. Could company culture be better? Do they feel supported by management and if not, how can that be changed? Encourage an honest, frank discussion. There are few better ways to engage employees than allowing them space to express their thoughts.

Encourage Growth

Another way to keep employees engaged is to encourage their personal and professional growth. You can do this via one of our many learning and development classes. Offsyte has many options that will connect team members through fun, informative classes. Everyone wants to grow personally and professionally. And while many employers talk a good game about development, many don't actually take concrete steps. Make your company stand out by putting forth an effort.

More to Know About Employee Engagement Activities

What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement refers to the level of enthusiasm, connectivity and passion workers feel for their jobs. High levels of employee engagement typically means happy workers and positive results for a company.

How do you keep employees engaged during remote work?

You can keep remote employees feeling engaged by hosting events that bond them to the company and team. Encourage honest discussions, discuss accomplishments and mix in plenty of fun.

How do you increase employee engagement on Zoom?

You can boost levels of employee engagement on Zoom by offering a variety of classes and meetings. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Keep your team connected by giving them plenty of bonding options. We also have recommendations on the best Zoom icebreakers when hosting a virtual meeting.

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