Team Building During A Pandemic

You miss the days when you could play bubble soccer with your teammates (if you haven't played, I highly recommend it for a go...

October 24, 2020

You miss the days when you could play bubble soccer with your teammates (if you haven't played, I highly recommend it for a good laugh), enjoy an in-person happy hour, or an offsite lunch where you and team members can get to know each other and chat about topics other than work. Afraid those days behind us for good?

Bubble Soccer


They don't have to be; many companies have found effective ways to adapt to working from home.

If your best efforts are Zoom happy hours and more frequent standups, there is plenty of room for improvement. Communication, recognition, teambuilding, and satisfaction in your employee's work could go out the door if you're not careful. So, what successes have we seen thus far?


Here are a few ideas your team might love:

  • Ask a daily question that requires more than a yes or no answer where people can see it in a public forum, like Slack or MS Teams. This will allow people to showcase their personalities and talk about things other than work! At Assembly, we've developed a "#tellmesomethinggood” channel in Slack to facilitate this conversation.
  • Host bi-weekly socially distanced outdoor activities such as lunch in the park, group hikes, or if you and your team feel really adventurous – rent bicycles and tour your city or suburb with Spinlister! It's unique and memorable for team building ...and so fun!
  • Make sure employees can feel recognized for their hard work. Without the ability for managers or fellow peers to pat each other on the back after an accomplishment, big or small, and unless you have an easy way to recognize one another, you can bet that recognition goes by the wayside. Companies like Assembly are key to boosting morale and engagement and surfacing all the little wins for the whole company to both see and celebrate!
  • Don't solely rely on email or chat applications for intracompany questions. Emotions, sentiment, facial expressions, and body language can be totally lost over chat. When you can, get on a facetime and see the person you're talking to. Not only is it more efficient, but it brings the social element back into the virtual world and more closely mimics office life.
  • Give back to your employees! Offer them half-day Fridays or one additional day off each month (whatever makes sense for your organization). We've all felt burnout as staying home makes it too easy to work in bed, in the kitchen, and we've heard many people referring to "work from home" as "live at work." Communicate to your employees that you know they are working hard, that these are challenging times, and that the company is there to support them and get them through it!
  • Trivia games are always fun (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). It's slightly corny/cliche, and you won't get full participation, but enough people need simple, amusing connections that you might be surprised. It's not about finding things that get 100% participation. It's about finding a diverse set of activities that, in aggregate, get as close to 100% participation.
  • Start a cooking channel on your chat application of choice —showcase everyone's cooking, run competitions, and offer real rewards that encourage participation.

Whatever you do, the key is to make sure your employees know you understand these are different and difficult times and that you care. Make them feel appreciated and let them know their hard work is noticed.


Anxiety & Depression Statistics

Source: https://www.statista.com/chart/21878/impact-of-coronavirus-pandemic-on-mental-health/

Communicate often and ask questions. Mental health is more important than ever, and lowered morale can significantly impact your company's output and, thus, outcomes. According to the CDC, NCHS, and the Census Bureau, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing with the pandemic. Be there for your employees, support them, and encourage your company to act as a community!

Treat your employees well, and they will treat your organization well and you will see improved outcomes quickly; good luck!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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