The Importance of Post-Covid Team Bonding

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many employees were looking for ways to remain steady in an uncertain world. No one could have predicted how this virus would affect us long-term. So, rather than waiting for things to normalize, many people began to take matters into their own hands. As a result, we have witnessed a large-scale turnover in the workplace known as the “Great Resignation.”  Nearly half of American adults are considering making a change in their current job, according to new research from CareerBuilder. People are exiting their current position to start their own business or merely search for a career change all together. Some are even willing to take a pay cut and a lesser title to maintain a healthier life-balance.

As the world seems to be normalizing again, the unemployment rate is still at an all-time high. Burnt-out Americans are searching for comfort in their current jobs and increasing workplace demands, which is placing an unexpected burden on employers. Business executives are now finding it necessary to re-evaluate the workplace environment and create a more welcoming orientation for newcomers with the hopes of generating loyalty to their company.

Under these current circumstances, now is the time to establish stronger bonds and create better working conditions for the people you currently employ. The goal is to improve retention by showing appreciation for your staff’s hard work, opening yourself to their feedback, and clarifying job descriptions so they match their current responsibilities. The next step is to take a break from the hustle and bustle by spending a day off site connecting with your team.

Consider taking your employees outside for a little team bonding in effort to build camaraderie inside the office. One day away from the norm can create a positive atmosphere and help your employees feel appreciated. By creating a positive work environment, you will lift their spirits and show your appreciation for all their hard work and dedication.

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How to Check Out and In During Your Honeymoon

There are many details to cover when planning a wedding. You meet vendors, budget, and organize until you feel like you have taken on an extra part-time job. Just keep in mind that after your perfect day is over, you get to relax on a much-needed vacation with your partner. The key word here is RELAX. Here is how to balance time away with the reality of life at home.

Set aside time. For some of us it may be easy to power off your cell phone and detach for a week or two. If you are one of those fortunate people, be grateful. If you have kids, a business, or family at home that make it difficult to go MIA. Just be sure you find a way to balance your time. Remember, the purpose of your honeymoon is to celebrate a new chapter with your spouse. Here are a few tips to help you stay engaged and keep your peace of mind:

1. Let your partner know in advance that you need to take a block of time on certain days to check in. If you disappear unannounced, they may feel neglected.
2. Honor the time you set aside and get back to your romantic getaway as quickly as you can. Make short phone calls and keep your business interactions efficient.
3. Put the phone, computer, or tablet aside and power it off when it is not in use so you can stay fully engaged during your honeymoon activities.
4. Give a trusted family member and friend your hotel information just in case they need to reach out in an emergency. This will give you peace of mind when you power off your electronics.
5. Keep the social media posting at a minimum. If you want to share photos, consider waiting until you return home.