Since the beginning of March 2020, many employees are working from home, in a home office of some type or another. Thanks to many technological advancements and work-from-home innovations, remote work has thrived, and many companies have embraced remote work as a long-term solution. This has opened up many doors for increased hiring with people that never would have been an option before. Remote workers do bring new challenges to employers, especially around team building, employee appreciation, and recognition. Celebrating accomplishments, achievements, and years of service will help keep employees motivated, appreciated, and excited for the future. Here are some ways to help recognize your remote employees.
There are many new options that are purposely curated as direct options for employees that work from home. Coffee mugs, water jugs, travel mugs, technology, branded apparel, and cozy blankets are just a few of the items that any recipient would be excited to receive. If you have the budget, send these items individually packaged with a notecard expressing thanks, and personalization. This will go a long way in creating an effect that is far more than the cost.
The best way to have your employees feel valued is to have your employee's accomplishments announced in front of the whole team. Excellence is extremely important and putting your employees in the spotlight does wonders for that employee's confidence and inspires other employees to be encouraged. This all helps build a culture of appreciation and excellence. Make sure you set up a remote video call with your entire team and have the award pre-shipped to the recipient at their home. That employee can show off their new award on the video call, while also showing exactly where they are going to display their new award in their home office. Simple gestures go a long way. Think about years of service awards, sales awards, leadership awards, safety awards or star awards. You can also make the time somewhat social, by doing it over a zoom lunch which will help with your team-building efforts.