I hope this finds you safe and well. No, this is not another communication to let you know how an organization is working to protect you in light of COVID-19. It is about keeping in touch. Your Executive Committee is monitoring the situation as it relates to upcoming ACLEA events and understands now more than ever it is important to strengthen our thriving community of ACLEA members. I encourage you to actively participate in the new ACLEA online forum, which is dedicated to sharing resources and discussions to help each other through this difficult time.
Please keep safe, well, and connected.
As a member of ACLEA, you have full access to our On-Demand educational materials through this new forum, in which we have already added resources based on the active listserv discussions over the past several weeks. Thanks to CE21 for creating this dedicated area.
- To access this space, log into your account (notice this is different than the normal ACLEA log in, but it will use your ACLEA credentials): https://aclea.ce21.com/Account/Login
- Choose the "I have an ACLEA account" button. If your ACLEA membership is not currently active, you will not be able to access this space.
- Once you enter your credentials, you will be redirected to the account page where this space is hosted. There are a series of tabs there. Select the Discussion Community tab, and then Enter Community
- The community has a forum where you can contribute and start discussion threads. You should also feel free to add new conversations. The best use is to keep the conversations together on a similar thread.
- There are other tabs at the top of this page where you can review documents shared by your peers, this section also includes a calendar of events and other ACLEA products/resources. Instructions for use are provided on each tab. All available to you as a member of ACLEA, all in one space.
How to Engage with Employees Remotely
In an increasingly flexible and technologically advanced professional world, working remotely is becoming typical of the modern workplace. However, COVID-19 has made working remotely more common for organizations that haven’t done this previously across their entire workforce. ACLEA strives to educate and empower employers to recognize employees wherever they may be, leading to better employee engagement.
Lisa Massiello, CRP, is the Design & Governance Manager on Wells Fargo's Enterprise Recognition team and past RPI President. Her company has had virtual staff in place for years, and Lisa shared some relevant insight based on her experience making sure that employees feel recognized remotely, too.
- Hold check-in meetings
Even if it is a quick 30-minute Zoom meeting about how everyone’s weekend was, that connection is more important than ever when employees are remote. It can be hard to maintain company culture remotely, but meetings like these can reinforce the feeling of community.
- Send a quick note
Send a quick email to check in, say thank you, or ask how someone is doing. Try to mimic little check-ins you may do in the office. This can give space for employees to give feedback or ideas.
- Emphasize listening
Listening to others becomes much more difficult when meetings are done remotely. Try to give every employee in an online meeting the opportunity to speak so everyone feels heard. It Is more important than ever for employees to be engaged in meetings.
As always, please connect with us at
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