Just a few weeks ago, working remotely was practiced by a minority of employees. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, today in many organizations, most (if not all) workers are connecting from home.

Of course, this dramatic shift presents a new challenge: ensuring employees feel engaged and connected, despite the distance.

Here are 4 ways to help remote workers feel connected:

Live stream a town hall

It’s always important for leaders to be visible, but it’s even more critical during a crisis. One suggestion: live stream a town hall meeting to share important information and reassure employees that together you will get through this difficult time. Use the chat function to encourage employees to share concerns and ask questions.

Hold weekly virtual staff meetings

With most working remotely, employees won’t pass each other in the hallway or stop by each other’s desks. Have managers dedicate one hour a week to a virtual meeting where teams connect on the latest news and updates. Use a polling tool to seek feedback about how the remote experience is going for employees.

Leverage social sites

When working from home for an extended period of time, employees can feel isolated. Dedicate a space on your social tool (such as Yammer, Chatter or Workplace) where employees can share their experiences: photos of family and pets, funny memes or personal updates.

Host video lunches

Who says you have to be in the same room to share a meal? Encourage employees to use their computer cameras and host a virtual lunch with colleagues. And have some fun: award a prize (a roll of toilet paper, anyone?) for the most creative sandwich!