If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of remote workers. While remote workers may have once been the exception, they are now, in large part, the rule. But the fact that remote workers are becoming more common hasn’t solved some of the problems employers face with them. One of these problems is how to incentivize remote workers so that they feel valued and motivated.
It may take a little forethought, but it is possible for you to incentivize your remote workers in a way that truly motivates them and makes them more loyal to your company. Here are some ways to do it.
Upgrade their tech.
For a remote worker, the right tech can make all the difference. Whether it’s an upgraded laptop or new and improved headphones, a little money spent on good tech products can go a long way toward making your remote employees feel appreciated. Not only that, but good tech will also probably help them be more productive!
Praise them often.
When someone is sitting across the room from you, it’s easy to give them a quick “Good job!” every now and then. But sometimes, working remotely leads to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Make sure you give your remote workers plenty of positive feedback when they deserve it.
Send a special delivery.
Even a little surprise can brighten someone’s day. Send a little something to your remote employee to show that you’re thinking of them and appreciate their efforts. This could include things like:
- Having lunch delivered to them
- Sending them a plant for their desk
- Mailing a birthday card signed by the rest of the team
- Sending an e-gift card
- Gifting a subscription to a music streaming service
- Signing them up for a monthly subscription box
Help out with other parts of home life.
People used to think working from home was easy, but now we all have a little better picture of just how difficult it can be. A monthly cleaning service, a meal kit service, or some other perk will help keep things running smoothly at home, so they can focus more on work.
Be flexible when possible.
Remote work can sometimes present tricky scheduling challenges. While it’s important to make sure your remote workers are held accountable for their responsibilities, it’s also a good idea to build some flexibility into your expectations. If the typical 9-5 workday doesn’t work for them, what does? Get creative and come up with solutions that make everyone happy. Flexibility is a very valuable incentive for remote workers.
Focus on their health and wellness.
Everyone needs a little help staying healthy (physically and mentally). Incentivize your remote workers to do this by paying for a gym membership (or a subscription to a fitness app), mental health services (such as regular counseling), at-home exercise equipment, or something else that will help them stay healthy and happy.
Incentivizing remote workers is important. Take the time to show them how much you appreciate them, and you’ll reap the benefits of happier, more motivated employees.
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