COVID-19 has forced many companies to move large portions of their workforce to work from home. With social-distancing measures still in place for a lot of cities, it might be months before people start heading back to the office and things return to normal. Furthermore, with large layoffs continuously being reported in the news, job security is another worry on employees’ minds. It’s important now more than ever to recognize employees for their dedication to making work from home successful and to recognize the essential employees who have to keep working when their job can’t be done remotely without difficulty.
Here are some ways you can use Recognize to make your employees’ lives a little brighter during these difficult times.
Creating Recognition badges that acknowledge the special circumstances that are happening due to COVID-19 are an easy way to motivate your staff and show that you understand the difficulties they are facing.
Try creating a “Work From Home Warrior” badge to acknowledge team members that made a special effort to help facilitate moving your workforce remote. Maybe your IT Team put in extra hours to make sure that everyone had access to the VPN. Or a member of the Communications team made sure everyone got access to Slack or Microsoft Teams to communicate. It can also be used to give recognition to team members who have been excelling at remote work by working more efficiently, keeping a positive attitude, or even organizing virtual team get-togethers.
A “Holding Down the Fort” badge can be created for those people who still have to show up to the office every day when most of the team is remote. It’s important to recognize the sacrifices they might be making to help make sure your organization can still function.
Also consider creating a badge for your field workers. Many employees don’t have the luxury of being able to work remotely, because they have to be out in the field to do their job. A “True Grit” badge might be nice to recognize those employees that still have to travel for their work.
In Recognize, it’s easy to incentivize employees to complete certain activities with our Tasks feature. Employees can report to their Company Admin or Manager in Recognize when they’ve completed a task, like “Attend Zoom Yoga Class”. Their Manager or Company Admin can then Approve or Deny the task. Once it’s approved, the employee can get points that they can redeem for Rewards. You can read more about how to use Tasks here.
Here are some ideas for Tasks you can create to incentivize wellness at your organization.
Communication tools like MS Teams, Workplace, Yammer, and Outlook are integral to having a successful remote team. Team members need to be able to stay in touch and easily get a hold of each other when they need help or problems arise. However, it can be tough to get your team to use a new tool when they are already accustomed to doing their work a certain way. Adding Recognize to your remote-friendly tools is a win-win. Employees will want to use the communication tool more if they know that they are getting recognized and rewarded within the tool, and it makes recognizing and engaging with their teammates easier because Recognize is in the tools they already use every day.
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Putting Recognize on your staff’s mobile phones is a great way to increase engagement with your employee recognition program. Many people have their mobile phones with them almost 24/7, so it makes sense to have Recognize easily accessible from wherever they are. The mobile app is also great for your field staff or frontline workers who might spend most of their day away from their computer or desk. Our new mobile app makes it easy to get push notifications whenever you’ve been recognized, send and receive recognition, and redeem rewards all within the app. Check it out here!