7 Amazing Tips to Show your Remote Workers Appreciation
This is a guest post from Elizabeth Hines (see her bio at the end). Thanks Elizabeth…!
The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many more workers than ever working from home. The advantages to remote working are varied, from saving precious time in commuting to being able to organize your schedule more flexibly, but it also comes with some downsides.
Without sharing a space with your workers, offering effective praise may prove to be a difficult task. Doing shout outs is all well and good, but how can you be sure that your workers feel appreciated if you can’t tell them face to face?
With that in mind, here are 7 amazing ways in which you can offer praise to your remote workers so that they feel appreciated!
- Provide home equipment
Most remote workers don’t have ergonomic furniture at home specifically designed to work. This means that over time, many remote workers end up suffering from back pains, carpal tunnel and other issues related to bad posture and lack of comfortable chairs and tables. A great way to show appreciation for your remote workers is to provide them with furniture so they can create a more comfortable home office!
- Hold consistent weekly team meetings
When times are busy, you may get caught up in meetings and calls to get projects off the ground and to tackle issues, and you may forget to do whole team meetings. Jamie Ramos, a recruiter at Eliteassignmenthelp and Ukwritings tells us- “Weekly team meetings are a great way to catch up with everyone. They don’t need to be work related, in fact the probably shouldn’t be. Use the time to talk about everyone’s week, what books they’re reading, what TV show they’re into etc”.
This way, your workers will feel like everyone listens and cares about them and their lives outside of work, and they’ll feel more connected to their team, their management, and their job!
- Offer a long weekend
Getting Friday off is more meaningful that you may realise. To start with, human beings are not built to work the way they work, so regardless of the job, most people suffer from stress and are often times overwhelmed. Having some time off to balance their job with other responsibilities like childcare can relieve some of that stress and is certainly going to show your remote workers that you appreciate the job that they do and you’re aware of their worries and other life commitments.
- Offer food delivery discounts
Jason Nash, an business writer at OXessays and Revieweal says- “Most workers struggle to cook a balanced meal when they’re busy, even if they’re at home. Food delivery is most people’s go to, especially after an exhausting day of meetings. A good way to show appreciation is to offer food discounts on delivery apps such as Uber Eats or Deliveroo so that it’s more affordable for your workers to treat themselves”.
- Send them care packages
Sometimes the smallest acts have the most meaningful impact. Sending small gifts in the form of care packages can really make your worker’s day. It doesn’t have to be anything pompous. Things like vouchers, treats or gift certificates can make your employee feel appreciated and praised for the work that they do!
- Do a virtual happy hour or quiz night
It can’t be all work no play! Plan a happy hour where your workers enjoy some drinks together and have a chat about their lives and their interests. You can also organise a games night or a quiz night, there are many online tools that will help you do this, such as Skribbl or Quiz Up.
- Do a shout out in weekly catch up meetings
Personal recognition for an employee’s good work is great, but sometimes it doesn’t quite suffice. Getting praised in front of everyone and receiving recognition and admiration by their co-workers is important to every worker, so be sure to give them public shout outs in weekly meetings where everyone can also see what your employee has achieved and can offer praise as well. This is also a good way to create a healthy work environment of team work and communal growth instead of unhealthy competition amongst co-workers.
Elizabeth Hines writes about latest tech and marketing trends, innovations and strategies in her articles. She also writes for online magazine and blogs, such as Simple Grad, and others. She is a digital marketer and content writer at OX Essays and State of writing.
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