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Remote Work Paves New Roads for Improving Workplace Culture

Rachel Reed
3/19/20 1:08 PM

Leaders are simplifying processes to get to a baseline level of output as many workers operate remotely. 

You'd think recognition and rewards fall into non-essential business services when in fact it’s the opposite: incentivizing and motivating employees is more important than ever, especially when many may be working remotely for the first time. 

During a time where the norm is being rapidly shifted, businesses tend to focus on essential, lean practices to simply stay afloat. The difference this time? Sudden calls for remote work in a world where remote teams have been on the rise and the digital era has provided changes to the way we work wouldn’t seem to be an issue–yet, many businesses are not currently equipped to handle a fully remote workforce. Not to mention industries whose output is 100% reliant on employee presence, like manufacturing and retail.

Remote work is suddenly the new normal for many. The pandemic has raised a lot of questions regarding the status quo of business and how work gets done. While leadership scrambles to set up intranets, communication and project management tools to ensure productivity during isolation, recognition may not be top of mind for many. Keeping a focus on recognition best practices can be the difference between a focused, team effort to make it through isolation and crumbling under the pressure. 

Given that over half of workers don’t feel connected to their companies, even in the office–this temporary “new normal” is the best time to set new standards in efforts to improve connection, culture, and employee engagement. 

Use this time to put business values into practice, and motivate employees at the same time.  To keep a culture of recognition alive, encourage peer-to-peer and management discretion rewards. Take our client RSM for example: they deliver recognition to any employee demonstrating the 5 Cs: Critical Thinking, Caring, Curious, Collaborative, Courageous. 

Also consider this time to facilitate continuous learning by providing tools and resources employees can use to get up to speed and improve skill sets.

Rise above the panic: only 15% of executives have confidence in their top leadership to successfully manage disruption – including unexpected events like pandemics, technological advances, shifting demographics and climate change, revealed a global analysis. 

During this uncertain time and as your employees begin working from home, the need for digital engagement and social recognition is at an all-time high. A completely digital rewards and recognition platform that motivates employees, keeps them connected, engaged, focused, productive and on task lets people know they matter.

Keep a positive mindset and look into what you can do as opposed to what you can't. 

Request a demo to learn more about how we are expediting our launch timelines to help our clients.

Download: How Employee Recognition Influences Attitude & Behavior in the Workplace 

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