Employee Engagement

HR: Engage Your Remote Employees with a Virtual Happy Hour Featuring the “Quarantini”

By Bob Birdsong

If you work in HR, your plate is undoubtedly fuller than usual right now. In fact, you probably need what we’re about to tell you more than your company’s employees do.

The massive shift to remote work since COVID-19 took over, well, everything, has also created the potential for a massive disconnect among work teams. And it’s likely falling on you to pick up some of the pieces around employee engagement for your remote workforce.

Bars and restaurants are closed, we’re all homebound, and come Friday, we’re all gonna need a stiff drink.

Enter, the Quarantini.

What is it, exactly? That depends.

In essence, The Quarantini is a specialty cocktail made in the comforts of your own home using...whatever. That’s the beauty of it. It’s everything and nothing in particular, all at once.

Invented on the fly — and as a response to the large number of people working who started working from home — spirits and cocktail expert Derek Brown basically invented the idea in a viral tweet.

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So, if you’re struggling to come up with new ideas for employee engagement in the coming weeks, why not pull in a “spirits and cocktail” expert of your own — virtually, of course. Make a game of it the way Brown did. Or have employees share what they’ve got lying around and brainstorm some drinks as a team.

People will love the specificity and quirkiness of it all.

And if all of that is too much or you don’t want to push an alcohol theme (after all, booze doesn’t always have to be the centerpiece of community building), encourage people to show up to a virtual happy hour at a specific time with whatever they choose. Coffee, tea, LaCroix, it’s all good. The point is people have a reason to interact with each other.

Share recipes. Have some laughs. Decompress and just talk.

Creating start and stop boundaries can be one of the hardest parts of working from home. Find a reason to get employees to knock off work and spend some time together.

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