Communication is critical. Since we were preparing to integrate Revere Bank into Sandy Spring Bank, we already had a steady stream of messaging to all employees. When COVID-19 became a factor, we turned up the dial. For over five months, I sent a personal message to our employees every Monday. I used that platform to share new updates, provide encouragement, and commend the team’s heroic efforts. A member of our executive team continues to share a message every week, so that people feel connected to our leadership and what is happening around the company. We also created a space on our intranet where employees can connect with their colleagues virtually by sharing recipes, images from home, funny stories, etc.