When managing a remote team, we have to make an extra effort to bond. Bonding is so critical for a cohesive team and makes work more enjoyable!
Have your team members choose which option makes them feel most appreciated
Option 1 A co-worker messaging that you did an amazing job on that project
Option 2 Your co-worker sending a gift basket
Option 3 Your co-worker quickly completes a task you needed
Option 4 Going for a stroll during a team off-site
Option 1: Words of Affirmation
Co-workers with this love language can be made to feel most appreciated by giving them thoughtful notes and cards and encouraging words! Simple “thank-you, you’re the best!” at the end of emails can make these co-workers’ day!
You may be able to spot a Words of Affirmation work love language co-worker because they tend to naturally give appreciation in this way too. This is often the person who gives compliments and is super verbally encouraging. Interestingly, we tend to give appreciation the way we would like to receive – however not everyone receives appreciation the same way, so knowing the appreciation language of your team is a game-changer.
Option 2: Gifts
Gifts don’t have to be big, they just have to be thoughtful. An uber-eats delivery of a favorite snack, candy bar, or coffee will make their day!
Option 4: Acts of Service
These team members deeply appreciate it when others are as helpful as possible, which is perfect for work! A great remote work tactic is when someone asks for something, getting it done as quickly and shooting them a slack saying “Done!” will make them feel appreciated!
When doing a team off-site, know if this team member needs an "act of service" such as a pick-up from the airport, you giving them that ride really means the world!
Option 4: Quality Time
These team members can be made to feel appreciated by taking the time to spend time with them chatting and bouncing ideas off each other! These co-workers thrive by spending that face-to-face time. Taking the time to do 1:1 zooms with these team members helps.
Team members with Quality Time as the top way they feel appreciated have the hardest time with a completely digital environment. These remote team members may find themselves at coffee shops to be around other people.
To get the most out of these team members, the most effective way thing to do is a team off-site, which can come with its own challenges to find a spot that is conducive to getting work done. With Wander, you can book a smart-home in an inspiring location with fast wifi and full desk setups so you can get that in-person time while being a fully remote team.
In an all-remote environment, it's more important than ever to understand the needs of your team. As a team, you can share how you would like to be appreciated with each other so you can know how to best make each other feel appreciated! If you enjoyed this article, for sure pass it on to your co-workers!