As Singapore continues to battle with COVID-19 with Safe Management Measures (SMM), businesses are forced to navigate the new normal with remote working policies. Businesses have been affected, but equally detrimental is its effects on employees.
While business owners have to steer the company through these rough waters, you also cannot ignore your employees.
Some of the greatest challenges with remote work include the lack of real-life interactions, the blurring of personal and work life and mental health wellness. This can be detrimental to morale, productivity and employee engagement.
We list 5 small ways you can show recognition for your remote employees. Trust us, even a little bit of recognition can go a long way in making an employee’s day and improving motivation levels.
#1 Order A Surprise Breakfast Delivery
There’s no better way to start the work day than with a breakfast treat.
Particularly, a surprise delivery of a sumptuous breakfast. Imagine your employees’ pleasant surprise when they open their door to a food delivery rider with a hearty meal in tow.
It will be a gesture that they’d remember for a long time, winning you some brownie points in employee satisfaction. Beverages and sweet treats in the middle of the work day is going to receive the same positive reception too.
After all, who would say no to coffee and donuts, or a cup of bubble tea to beat the afternoon slump?
#2 Keep Your Employees Safe And Healthy
Care packages are another surprise that employees will appreciate. The good thing about care packages is that it can bundle together smaller things such as healthy snacks, soothing tea, sanitisers, face masks, air purifiers, skin care and other products.
For smaller teams, you can even consider personalising your care packages to employees, if they are health buffs, gym rats, live with bigger families or have young children.
Care packages will work as a simple pick-me-up as employees continue to have to work from home for the better part of one and a half years.
#3 Provide A Stipend For Remote Work Equipment
Work from home has been in place for some time. If you have plans to allow employees to work from home indefinitely or think there’s a high chance you retain some form of work-from-home post COVID-19, then contributing to your employee’s home office will make sense.
This will enable them to be more productive and protect their health with ergonomic equipment. Of course, they’ll be happy to replace/upgrade their existing equipment as well.
Decide on the amount of stipend depending on your company’s budget. It can be a gift card or on a reimbursement basis. For the latter, be sure to set guidelines on the type of equipment they can purchase.
In terms of workspace upgrade, a high-quality ergonomic chair easily beats the dining chair (even with a cushion) at home. Not all employees have a comfortable set-up to work from home, so a quality chair will definitely be transformative for their work routine. Computer accessories such as a mouse, laptop stand or headphones work as decent gifts too.
#4 Support Employees To Stay Active and Fit
With social distancing rules in place, most of us have our social activities reduced to the minimum. That means more time on our hands to focus on the often-neglected activity: exercise.
If you know that your employees are trying to stay healthy, give them a gym subscription or allowance for some home gym equipment. For the latter, simple accessories such as kettlebells, dumbbells or yoga mats will do the trick.
No two employees are going to be the same. Some may want running shoes instead, while others prefer a tennis racquet.
#5 Provide A Subscription Box Membership
Be it snacks, wine, organic groceries, or even books, subscription boxes or services are plentiful in Singapore.
The convenience and joy of receiving monthly packages have made subscription boxes popular, and it’d be a recurring gift that your employee would look forward to receiving.
For baking enthusiasts, there are baking kits – a full recipe along with exact measurements of ingredients for the failproof baking experience. Or for the worker who is trying to eat clean, there are various meal subscription plans available to help them with that, but with much tastier meals.
Or for more popular options, video subscription services such as Netflix or HBO Go or online music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music will be a safer choice too.
This article was first published on 30 March 2020 and has been updated with new information.
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