To provide a list of 10 creative and unique ways companies are motivating their remote employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and statistics to support the importance of boosting employee morale.
In 2020, a survey of "3,500 remote workers from around the world" by Buffer and AngelList reported that 20% of remote workers struggle with loneliness. Another 20% struggle with collaboration and communication with teams, while 7% find it difficult to stay motivated.
Enable teamwork and collaboration: With 20% of remote workers struggling with collaboration and communication, it is important for companies to make sure remote employees connect with other members of the team through social collaboration tools and office interactions. Companies can schedule "virtual coffee chats with team members in between meetings for friendly, non-work conversation." The use of GIFs and emojis for self-expression should be encouraged.
Professional development: Providing opportunities for professional development is an effective way to keep employees motivated and engaged. These opportunities include "tackling new projects, learning new skills, and developing one's repertoire." Companies can give their employees discounts when registering for online courses, or if practical, "register their teams for online classes." In fact, 70% of respondents in a recent survey indicated that "job-related training and development opportunities influenced their decision to stay at their job."
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