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Engaging Employees Through Physical Activity During COVID-19

By: Kristen Eichert, Corporate Sales Manager

Adjusting to your new work environment

For many of us, our new office is at the kitchen table, hiding from the kids in the bedroom, or anywhere in the house we can find peace and quiet and a good wifi signal. Along with COVID-19 came the need to completely change our work environment to enable ourselves to safely social distance from others and remain healthy. We went from seeing co-workers in person daily and having casual conversations to scheduled Zoom meetings to stay connected and be productive. While working remotely has enabled many of us to walk our dogs more than they probably want to be walked, we’ve had to think outside of the box in order to survive the crisis.

Being together without being together

When I started at Sports Backers six months ago, I went from having my own office to a shared space with about 15 other co-workers. It was a culture shock, but I quickly got to know my colleagues and met some very supportive, fun, and caring people. Looking back now, I can say I definitely took working in close quarters for granted. A few things that make a business successful are the people, the relationships they build, and the goals they can accomplish together.

Working from home has forced us to reinvent the ways we support one another, despite the significant changes to our work environment. Sports Backers hit the ground running and has successfully continued to promote physical activity and maintain our culture of teamwork motivating team members to be active through:

  • Weekly virtual Zoom workouts
  • Active movement breaks during staff meetings
  • Fitness challenges
  • Weekly virtual socials
  • Walking meetings
  • Sports Backers Fitness B-I-N-G-O

COVID-19 Employee Engagement Program

Through COVID-19, Sports Backers has been successful at remaining a solid team, staying connected, and engaging our staff, and we’ve done it through physical activity. In an effort to help share the same success with other companies, we have developed a COVID-19 Employee Engagement Program. The goal of the program is to help companies maintain a culture of teamwork and camaraderie through physical activity while employees are working apart from one another. The deliverables we have to offer include Sports Backers-led virtual fitness classes, group activities designed to encourage collaboration among your team members, and daily and weekly fitness challenges, as well as custom active-living B-I-N-G-O cards and social media graphics..

If you would like more information on the program, please visit our website or reach out to me at [email protected]. I would love to chat with you about your organization’s goals and how we can create a customized package to get your employees engaging and physically active.