Human Resources

Building Community and Wellness During Remote Work

Most Emerson staff are now working remotely, and we're all working with constituents (other staff, students, faculty, external parties) who are also remote. During this time, it's critical that we continue to maintain Emerson's sense of community and connectedness. It's also crucial that we think about our personal wellness, mental and physical, during this time. Below, you'll find helpful articles, activities to try with your team or department, and Slack Channels to join to expand your internal network. You'll also find a Calendar of Virtual Events, which outlines all of the exciting remote activities you can participate in over the coming weeks.

 

Resources

Activities

  • Emerson Pet Parade: Watch the recorded parade!
  • Howdy, Neighbor:  Take a walk and a photo of your neighborhood and share it with us!  It is a great way for all of us to see different places.  Post your photos to slack channel #howdyneighbor or email them to hr@emerson.edu.  We'll post some pictures on this site each week from the submissions.
  • What are you enjoying:  What are you reading?  Watching?  Let's start a list of books, movies, tv shows, and other mediums.  You never know who will be looking for an idea at some point.
  • Virtual Lunch:  You'd grab a bite to each with others if you were in the office.  Why not set up a Zoom and invite some others to join you?  Switch it up each day!  It will help you get up from your computer and give you someone(s) to chat with!
  • Water Cooler Wednesdays: Elena O'Malley, a member of the library, staff started a slack channel #watercoolerwednesdays and a zoom link for folks to join.  Each Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:00 pm pop in and say hello to whoever else is there to hang out!
  • Wisdom Wednesdays: Weekly Meditation and Spiritual Practices (Every Wednesday 11:30 am- 12:00 pm): Wisdom Wednesdays is an online half-hour weekly gathering of meditation, spiritual practices, music, and meditative silence. Open to ALL students, faculty, and staff, this weekly gathering with live music provides a sacred pause in the middle of our busy Emerson lives. Join via Zoom at https://emerson.zoom.us/j/367780127.
  • Community Pause: Take a moment at 8 am EST each morning to pause and to hold the Emerson community-- including yourself!-- in your heart. Take a deep breath, close your eyes if you feel comfortable, and send your good wishes to your fellow Emersonians and yourself as we each begin a new day. 

Slack Channels

Some other Emerson Slack channels that will make you feel a little less socially distant:

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can continue to build our community, please email hr@emerson.edu.

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