A For Effort: Rewarding Your Virtual Assistant
Our employees are our business’ engine as business owners, and keeping an engine running requires proper maintenance. This pandemic has been tough on all of us, as we all shifted to remote work to protect ourselves, other people, and our business. However, remoteness shouldn’t stop us from recognizing our employees’ hard work.
In times like this, when our team members are all stuck at home, recognizing your employee’s hard work has become more critical than ever. Rewarding can provide more than just encouragement for them and inspiration to keep up their excellent work. Below are some ways you can reward or give recognition to your Virtual Assistants or remote employees.
Online Recognition Program
Online programs can be a venue for your employees to be recognized. You can either do it individually, where you commend them personally or in the presence of your whole team, as you would when you hold a regular recognition ceremony. This will boost your employees’ confidence and drive, but you’re also giving them a chance to create and maintain bonds, further strengthening your team and their teamwork.
Point System Rewards
Whenever your virtual assistant or remote employee does a great job or exceeds your expectations, you can reward them with a point. They can then keep collecting points and have them exchanged for perks by the end of the month or quarter. These perks can be anything, depending on you. Or you can have a rewards catalog where they can check what kind of rewards they can get for the number of points they have accumulated to choose whether to ‘cash out’ early or keep earning their points for that year. For some businesses, their rewards consist of company souvenirs like jackets, mugs, or hydro flasks with their company’s logo.
This is a classic way of showing recognition, giving gifts – or sending one since the pandemic. The gift can be anything from something you know they like or even food! Our recommendation for this reward is a gift card to their favorite shop, so they can get whatever they want with the amount you’re sending them. On the other hand, a limited-time gym membership is also another one you can consider, as one of the best gifts one can give is your care for their wellbeing.
Perks are always great motivators for employees to do well with their work. When you see that an employee has been going above and beyond to provide excellent service, giving them perks such as an hour of personal time, or one paid vacation leave, will do more than make them feel appreciated.
While you can always send your Virtual Assistants an email or a card to thank them for their hard work, this shouldn’t be your only way to reward them. Remember that showing recognition not only boosts your employee’s morale but also benefits your business in many ways.
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