In the era of COVID-19, the business landscape has already shifted dramatically. With many companies planning a remote work strategy for the remainder of the year, and well into 2021, teams are more scattered than ever before. At least geographically speaking. In light of this, remote teams being successful in completing projects pose managers and team leaders with a new set of hurdles to clear.
Even in the face of worldwide tragedy, the American people have proven themselves resilient. As such, many teams are still working at close to 100% capacity, meeting project objectives, and performing above expectations. Here are three ways to reward your remote teams.
1. Zoom Parties
Zoom parties are growing in popularity among businesses and individuals alike. As a powerful video-conferencing software that allows users to host about as many accounts as they’d like, Zoom gatherings are quickly soaring to the top of the societal norms.
In light of this, it makes sense that team leaders and managers would utilize the software for both business-purposes, as well as team-building events.
Instead of a happy hour, for example, leaders and managers could host a virtual happy hour over Zoom for their team members to encourage socialization, human connection, and team building.
2. Remote Team Movie Days
Instead of a crowded Zoom conference full of coworkers, another option for managers could be a remote team movie day. The team could select a movie from a list of options. When the project is complete, the team joins into a group chat. All will view the desired video from the comfort of their own homes.
Coworkers can chat and socialize during the film, or sit back and enjoy. After all, it is a reward for a job-well-done and not a mandatory Monday morning conference call.
That is a great way to reward team members with a day off, while still facilitating team building. Additionally, this type of reward promotes mental health and wellbeing, which have a significant role in employee performance.
3. Incentive/Reward Applications
Employees that have transitioned to work-from-home environments may be missing some of the aspects of working in an office. Just because teams are remote and collaborate virtually does not mean that you should not reward them for their hours of hard work and the achievements they reach.
In light of this, there are many incentive apps for remote teams. You can easily integrate them into your office. These apps come with a breadth of functionality and allow managers and team members to congratulate and reward each on a job well done.
Some of the apps available offer a currency system. Employees and users can rack up their in-app currency, and eventually exchange it for a wide variety of rewards. The rewards themselves can range from gift cards to airline miles, home goods, or even technology.
Keeping team members fulfilled and promoting employee satisfaction is a critical factor in today’s business world. Plus, with COVID-19 preventing much socialization in general, companies need to prioritize team building throughout their organization.
With more companies utilizing remote work environments, there are many benefits to maintaining and promoting employee job satisfaction. Benefits include an uptick in employee performance and efficiency, higher employee-loyalty, and more ownership of the tasks and responsibilities. All-in-all this fosters a culture of continuous improvement, a critical goal for many organizations.