Voltaire, the great French Enlightenment writer once said-
“By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.”
This quote holds good even after two centuries. While remote working has become the
new norm everyone is adapting to and is here to stay, it is integral to understand how
companies can make their employees feel appreciated and valued even through a
computer screen. In these testing times particularly, when employees are still learning to
live with the idea that their homes are now their office cabins, a little gesture to
appreciate their efforts could go a long way. Studies show that workplace appreciation
and gratitude contribute greatly in psychologically influencing the mindset of people and
eventually boost their performance.
Here are seven ways in which remote team building activities and simple gestures can
be useful in appreciating employees.
1. Host A Virtual Award Ceremony
Nothing motivates employees like receiving an award for all the hard work they
put in and it feels even better when the recognition is done publicly. Hosting an
award ceremony virtually for your remote team is a gesture that is not only
economical but also a great way for everyone to celebrate their success together.
Use this opportunity to acknowledge your ‘Employee of the Month’ and all the
team members who met their respective targets.
2. A Gift
For companies that have a limited budget, giving a small token of appreciation to their
remote employees can make a significant impact on the employee morale. This could be
either a gift card from their favorite coffee-shop, brand, restaurant or even a personalized
hand-written ‘Thank You’ note. In a recent study conducted by Forbes, the act of
expressing gratitude is explained as something that is not only polite but also very
powerful. It makes your virtual workforce feel recognized and valued.
3. Virtual Team Building Activities
With remote working, employees tend to feel lonely and isolated due to the lack of
face-to-face communication. The purpose of online team building activities is to connect remote employees either from across a city or from across the globe and bring about the feeling of oneness amongst all the team members. It’s best to have virtual team buildings in real time so all remote team members can unwind and connect over engaging activities together. Effective virtual team building activities, that are purpose designed to improve team collaboration, like Rush-A-Way activities, help coworkers to strengthen team bonds, improve the company culture and increase team efficiencies. Online team games also help to teams to unwind from stressful periods of work and destress and connect over fun and action-packed activities.
4. Gift of Time
When your team members have completed challenging projects before the due date,
reward them with an extra day off along with their weekend. Since remote work may lead
to employees investing longer hours than they would in an office, an extended weekend
could help them rejuvenate and maintain a balance between their professional as well as
5. Give Feedback and Take Suggestions
This method is a great opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with your remote
team members and review their performances over a period of time. Feedbacks are a
mix of positive as well as constructive criticism. Virtual feedback, additionally, is
performed with more ease as screens tend to break down the feeling of apprehension
from either side. It is also a trusted way of strengthening the employer-employee
relationship. Additionally, as an employer, when you ask your employees for suggestions
it makes them feel heard and they achieve a sense of belonging.
6. Celebrate Important Days
A little party never hurts anybody, right? Consciously make efforts to celebrate special
days with your remote team members. This could include their birthdays, milestone
achievements or work anniversaries with the organization. Minimalistic gestures like
sending them a cake, some balloons or organizing a virtual team party could make these
celebrations special and memorable.
7. Encourage Professional Development
Allow your remote workers to access online seminars, courses, lectures or presentations
in order to enhance their skills as well as develop new ones. Showing a willingness and
interest to invest in their personal and career growth will boost their morale as well as
encourage them to be productive.
These were just a few simple ways of showing that you value your employees. You could
think of other ways too in which you could make your virtual workforce feel recognized.
Appreciation will not only reduce employee turnover but also have a huge impact on
employee performance levels.
At Rush-A-Way we have helped over 200 organizations build stronger team bonds. Now we have combined our award-winning concept with unique and creative online team games to provide a fun and effective virtual experience which engages and motivates remote teams. Our sessions are 98% effective in strengthening bonds between team members and boosting team morale, based on participant survey.