Has the way you recognize your employees changed in light of COVID-19? Now more than ever, our employees need to feel recognized. This is due to the fact that a reported 64% of employees feel that recognition and appreciation is more important while working remotely.
At the same time, only 1 in 5 employees say their organization has implemented new ways to reward and recognize them since the pandemic began. With cancelled employee appreciation celebrations, banquets, and other inconveniences, many of our remote workers are missing out.
That being the case, now’s the time to start thinking about how we can adapt our employee recognition efforts to account for social distancing and remote work. In this blog post, we have put together the top three ways to recognize your employees during COVID-19.
#1. Peer-to-Peer Employee Recognition
Peer recognition is powerful because it can strengthen relationships while keeping employees engaged. The benefit isn’t limited to those who are on the receiving end either.
To introduce peer recognition to your remote team, encourage them to give each other positive feedback. This could be as simple as an email thanking a co-worker or a shout-out in a virtual meeting.
#2. Award an Employee of the Week or Month
Employee of the month isn’t a new concept. But it’s one that’s often not used effectively. When recognizing your remote workers, it’s important that you use a fair process to select winners.
When you’re developing an employee of the week or month program, base the frequency on your team size. The more opportunities for awards the better. But at the same time, you don’t want to give out so many awards that they lose value.
#3. Acknowledge Your Remote Employees’ Personal Achievements
Try to keep up with what your employees’ are doing outside of the office. Did they buy their first home? Return to school to earn their degree? Have a baby?
Recognizing what’s going on in their personal lives can build trust and strengthen your relationship, creating a more engaged workforce.