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Jacklin Altman07 Apr, 2020

OSIsoft engages employees through virtual community

The way in which we all conduct business has been undeniably shaken by the COVID-19 worldwide emergency. Employees for non-essential businesses have been forced to adapt to working from home, which can be a major adjustment. Realizing that many OSIsoft employees may be new to working from their kitchen table, we created Homemade PI - a virtual community that home-bound employees can use to stay connected. Designed within the Microsoft Teams space, the new digital community allows employees to share their day-to-day experiences and work-from-home ideas to various topic-related channels, so that there's something for everyone.

Here're just some of what we at OSIsoft have been sharing in our Homemade PI community.  

Work from Home Resources

Tips, tricks, and advice from the folks who have been working remotely for years. This channel has everything from how to set up your space for maximum productivity to mental health resources for those struggling with the changes.

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This is a place for employees to share the furry friends keeping them company while they're home. From dogs to cats to bunnies (and even a turtle!), we've been actively posting the antics of our pets to make each other smile.

homemade pi pets

Cooking at Home

Many of us are finding ourselves cooking and baking more as we stay home. From recipe swaps to tips and tricks for cooking with what's in your pantry, this channel is about all the delicious things that can be made at home.

homemade pi cooking

Share Your Space

This is where we can share our work setup and give each other a peek into our home lives. From elaborate multi-monitor setups to scenic window views, OSIsoft employees around the world are showing off their space while learning more about their co-workers.


Health and Fitness

With the closure of gyms, employees are staying active with creative at-home workouts. From app recommendations to workouts created (and even hosted live) by employees themselves, fitness-minded folks have come together on this channel to stay moving while staying home.

homemade pi fitness

Working from Home with Kids

Day-cares and schools are closed around the world, meaning that parents are forced to get creative to balance work and home life. This channel is a place for OSIsoft coworkers to share their tips for working from home with a full house.

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In addition to these community discussions, we also used MS Teams to create channels for everything from book recommendations to which local spots are offering takeout. The community has quickly grown to over 700 members, with hundreds of active posts from employees around the world.

While the global situation seems to change by the day, we at OSIsoft are committed to keeping employees engaged and supported. The creation of an inclusive online community is just one part of a larger engagement strategy, which includes regular communication from management, an internal site for COVID-19 updates and resources, and external resources for customers and partners.

Learn more about how to unlock the potential of your distributed workforce, settle into your new routine and be your most productive.

Jacklin AltmanDigital Media ManagerJacklin is the Digital Media Manager and local food critic at OSIsoft. With over 7 years of experience in marketing, software, and social media, she writes about all things tech, marketing, and the PI System.
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