By: Laurel Farrer
In co-located offices, managers can spontaneously treat their team to coffee or spruce up the office decor to lift their spirits and recharge productivity. Remote leaders must get a little more creative about how to reward their distributed teams. Think beyond gift cards and virtual happy hours with these (non-sponsored) creative ideas:
Avoid meeting interruptions or unwanted background noise by providing a coworking office membership.
Working from home can be a sedentary lifestyle trap. Send everyone on your team a Fitbit and host weekly group step challenges to get them moving.
For notes and brainstorming, sometimes nothing beats a good ol’ pen and paper, but the results are usually lost from the digital world. Bridge the gap by providing products like a document camera or smart pen.
Easily troubleshoot tech concerns with a subscription to an on-call support company.
Help everyone relax after a big deadline by treating them to a private, in-home massage.
Allocate a stipend for a new professional headshot to be taken. It’s a fun excuse for the employee to put on a clean shirt, plus your web developer and PR manager will thank you for the updated files!
Allocate an “office makeover” budget that workers can spend on anything they need or want - from an ergonomic chair to a bluetooth headset or even a desk cycle.
We all know the importance of working in a clean, functional environment. Give your distributed offices a hand by sending a maid service.
Have leftover swag from last month’s trade show? Ship it to your team! Having branded items around will remind them of the team that they love being a part of. (Perfect for new employees!)
Which gifts have worked well with your distributed team? Tweet us @yonder_io with your ideas!
Laurel Farrer is the COO here at Yonder. She always has a notebook and pen within arm's reach, never sits with both feet on the floor, and drives (safely) without depth perception.