Employee engagement has increasingly been a priority for organizational leaders and human resources practitioners recognizing its importance in retaining and motivating staff. Doing employee engagement well isn’t always easy under normal circumstances — but throw a pandemic into the mix, and it can be particularly challenging to get right.
Devex’s Kate Warren spoke with Maxine Somerville, vice president of human resources for global women’s health organization EngenderHealth, about employee engagement in the time of the coronavirus. They discussed how to balance the varying needs of staff members based on their individual circumstances and some of the opportunities and challenges when a workplace is all of a sudden fully remote.
Watch the video to learn how donkeys, knock-knock jokes, and intentional engagement can bring people and teams together.
Catch up on the rest of the Careers During COVID series:
• How COVID-19 is impacting UNDP's hiring and culture
• What development pros are saying about job losses and work
• What a return to work looks like
• How development careers are changing, now faster than ever
• A conversation on succeeding as a virtual health consultant