It goes without saying: The past year has looked unlike any other in recent history. Everything we used to take for granted about ordinary life—from grocery shopping and taking our kids to school to working out at the gym—has changed dramatically. We’ve all been required to come up with workarounds to accommodate the new normal we’re currently living in.
Nowhere has this seismic change been felt more keenly than in the traditional office landscape. The simple act of going to work, attending meetings, and giving presentations to clients has been replaced by a virtual, work-from-home corporate structure. While a number of employees say they enjoy the benefits of telecommuting to their jobs, others have struggled with the feelings of isolation, loneliness, and frustration that has accompanied working from home.
Fortunately for employers, there are still plenty of ways to boost morale, motivate employees, and show sincere appreciation to staff members without having to be face to face. Here are a few ideas for digital employee rewards that you can give your staff to show how much they mean to you.
The Gift of Self-Care
With limited gym access, it’s difficult for employees to stay active. Consider hiring an instructor to teach a virtual yoga or fitness class. Not only will this help your team members stay healthy, but it will also help preserve their mental health. Inform your team of apps they can use, like Calm. According to Calm, 84% of employees saw improvements in mental health and 81% reported less stress when using the app.
Gifts to Go
Show appreciation for your employees from a distance by sending a special gift box filled with their favorite goodies. You can also show your employees you care by sending e-gift cards. E-gift cards are a great way to thank your staff and can be tailored to their specific hobbies and interests.
Home Services as a Reward
Finding the balance between work and home is more challenging than ever. Give your staff rewards to make their life at home easier. Offer a home service—like a meal delivery subscription box or house cleaning service. These specialized perks are the perfect way to say thanks.
We’re fortunate to live in a time where we can provide virtual employee rewards. Now more than ever, it’s essential to make sure your team feels happy and motivated. By showing your appreciation with one of these digital employee rewards ideas, it will help your employees recognize that you appreciate their hard work and want them to feel at best to perform their best.