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Groups find low- and no-cost ways to boost staff engagement

Organizations say employees have gotten to know each other on a more personal level through virtual activities during the pandemic.Forburger TrudeauForburger, left, and Trudeau

July 24, 2020
By Kathryn Walson 

Virtual coffee chats every morning. “Best Dip Challenge.” A socially distanced “parade” for a departing coworker. Some organizations have gone the extra mile to boost staff engagement during tumultuous times.

The Association of Corporate Counsel launched a 15-minute “virtual coffee” over Microsoft Teams the first day they were remote in March, said Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Patricia “PJ” Trudeau. Four months later, the virtual coffee still happens at 9:45 a.m. every day. Attendance is optional, but usually ranges from 40 to 50 or more staff members, including CEO Veta Richardson, out of about 70.