Appreciated Rewards for Employees Who Work Virtually

    Rewards for employees are great ways to motivate them and keep them working.  Small businesses can have problems rewarding their employees because of cost, and that can be made even more difficult when the issue of virtual employees comes into play.  However, Wayne Turmel of Moneywatch pointed out that managers who are unhappy with their virtual employees don’t waste any time contacting their employees about problems, but those same managers ignore remote employees who do something right.

    Virtual Bulletin Boards

    It may not sound like it’s a reward, but one thing that virtual workers miss out on is the ability to chat.  In an office, there’s someplace to gather and talk.  In the virtual world, allowing employees to meet and greet using online bulletin boards is a perk that many employees will appreciate.  It gives them a sense of community, something that is otherwise lacking in the new virtual business world.

    Employee Awards

    Just because you can’t give rewards for employees in person doesn’t you can’t still present awards to your workers.  Most word processing and basic desktop publishing programs allow you to make certificates that can be presented virtually.  You can present the awards using virtual bulletin boards, email, or even e-newsletters that allow you to reward the employee publicly and use the rewards as an incentive for others.

    Mobile Apps

    For those that want to go techie with their rewards for employees, there are free mobile apps to download and use.  iAppreciate lets small businesses “celebrate employee milestones, appreciate efforts, and rewards results.”  It also lets employees send inspiring message to each other.  Globoforce allows employees to be nominated for awards, receive awards, and view and congratulate awards that other employees receive.

    Praise

    Possibly the simplest way to reward your employees is to praise them.  It takes little time and effort, but a quick “excellent job!” email or even text can be a reward.  To make it even better, go the extra mile and use a non-virtual thank you card. In an otherwise virtual world, sending a piece of snail mail shows that you’re trying to make an impression and truly appreciate what your employee has done.

    What has your small business done to rewards its employees?  Share your ideas and experiences with employee incentives and rewards in the comments section below!

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