Countless employees are online late into the evening as we advance through this work from home lifestyle because time slips away in the comfort of our own homes. Managers and executives have noticed this as well, and have begun to recognise the devotion of individuals or groups. Many of our remote workers are missing out on events such as employee appreciation ceremonies and banquets. As a result, it’s important to consider how we may adjust our employee recognition initiatives to account for work from home employees. 

When you work from home, it is easy to blur the lines between business and personal life. And simply paying your employee or sending them gifts is not enough to keep them engaged. Employees’ main concerns during the COVID-19 era, according to McKinsey, are being paid and recognised for their efforts. The number of remote employees has climbed by 115 % in the last ten years, with the onset of COVID-19 causing an abrupt spike. Remote employees are much more likely to be disengaged and quit, according to a Virgin Pulse poll,a worrying truth given that the bulk of the workforce has switched to working remotely.

To help you launch your employee recognition efforts, we collected some ideas that are easily doable even in the virtual workplace. One thing is to acknowledge your remote employee’s personal achievements. Why? By recognising what’s going on in their personal life will help you create trust and enhance your connection with them, which will result in a more engaged workforce. Aside from sending them an e-mail or appreciating them via Zoom or Skype and sending them gifts, making sure that you recognise their existence outside of the workforce is a way to develop a stronger bond– loyalty to the organisation.