5 Ways to Rock Remote Recognition: Connecting Across the Digital Divide
Recognition has always been your cultural superglue. Can it be strong enough to connect across the digital divide? We think so. Actually, we know so. And it has to.
Here are some facts:
- 25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by 2022, and remote opportunities will continue to increase through 2023.
- 84% reported that working remotely after the pandemic would make them happier, with many even willing to take a pay cut.
- 74% of workers said working from home improves their mental health.
- 81.5% of workers feel more empowered to hold their leaders accountable for a better workplace in 2022.
- 56% of workers said they would only wait 30 to 60 days for employers to make needed changes before they consider leaving.
Credit: Remote Work Is Here To Stay And Will Increase Into 2023, Experts Say
So, we have to find ways to engage better digitally. People are desperate for connection, and we want to ensure our hybrid teams move through the storming phase you might be into performing again.
Grab your FROG Effect Workbook. We have five juicy opportunities for you to amp up digital recognition by modifying the recognition techniques you already use:
1. Focus on Appreciation
Let’s adapt “What Do You Appreciate” (page 109) to remote and hybrid workplaces. Why not start virtual meetings by asking, “What do you appreciate?”. Have individuals share their answers one by one, or if it’s a larger group, encourage them to share in the chat. This activity is simple and requires no preparation, yet it helps colleagues get to know one another and starts the meeting on a positive note.
2. Recognition Gram
Create your own virtual recognition board to create bursts of positivity throughout your organization with the “Recognition Gram” exercise (page 86). You can use an internal recognition system or create one using Kudoboard. You can create a theme or customize it to your culture. Encourage employees to share compliments for colleagues anytime they see them doing anything worthy of recognition. You can choose to showcase these compliments before meetings, in newsletters or in your internal systems.
3. Most Memorable Moment
Encourage your team to share their accomplishments and build on their success as a group with the “Most Memorable Moments” exercise (page 8). During a training session, send people into breakout rooms in pairs and have them share a memorable moment they had at work over the last few months. The other person will then share compliments based on what they heard. As you return to your larger group, have volunteers share what they learned about their partner. This activity taps into individuals’ resiliency and highlights their and others’ strengths in a fun and positive way.
4. Personalized Recognition
Personalize recognition for all employees using “The Recognition Checklist” (page 89). Send this fillable PDF to all your employees to figure out how they most prefer to be recognized. This is easy to distribute and requires minimal time and effort. Simply send the PDF over email with a brief explanation of the purpose of this tool, and once you receive it, file it somewhere easily accessible or create a spreadsheet that is easy to reference. Whenever an opportunity to acknowledge arises, you can look to this document and deliver customized, meaningful recognition and shows you truly care.
5. Thank You Cards
Thank you cards (page 103) are a great way to provide specific, meaningful appreciation to your team. When people aren’t in the office, you can use tools like SendOut Cards to deliver customized cards to your employees’ homes. All you need is your employee’s home address; you can easily and quickly send personalized thank you cards, birthday cards, congratulatory cards, etc., in a matter of minutes. A personalized card delivered right to your door is a great way to remind people of their value and show just how much they are appreciated.
How can you make digital thank yous a cultural anchor of simply “the way we do things around here”?
Clients Doing It Right
Another version of many organizations’ digital thank you cards is virtual kudos and recognition boards. I just spoke for Southlake Regional Healthcare which has one, i24 Call Management Solutions rocks theirs, and you’ve already heard me rave about Compass Group Canada’s Nudge System. Who can you learn from in your industry, through your industry association, and even your friends’ workplaces to see how they’re crushing it with digital recognition?
Resource For You…
Download all of the adaptations from in-person to virtual recognition exercises within The FROG Effect Workbook with this handy cheat sheet. If you packed your copy of The FROG Effect Workbook in a box and you don’t have it handy, you could grab a copy here.
We have many more resources and ideas to make remote recognition easier for you. Here are just a few: