No man is an island. No matter what your job is or if you’re working remotely, you will need your co-workers’ help to do your job. With this in mind, why not show your appreciation to your remote co-workers this employee appreciation day?
I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, there’s an employee appreciation day?” Don’t worry, I also just recently discovered this holiday as well. Employee appreciation day is an unofficial holiday that celebrates the company’s most valuable asset: the employees. I know, surprising, right? This holiday happens every first Friday of March, so this year it will be on March 4.
Although it is primarily the employers that show their appreciation this day, that doesn’t mean you can’t do so as well. In this article, I will talk about 4 ways you can show your appreciation to your remote co-workers this employee appreciation day.
A Simple “Thank You” Goes a Long Way.
The simplest and perhaps the most effective way to show your appreciation to your co-workers is to thank them. In fact, why bother wait for employee appreciation day to do this? Why not thank them every day for all their help, no matter how small it may seem to you?
Your “thank you” doesn’t have to be overly formal nor lengthy. A short message in your team’s group chat is more than enough, so long as you’re able to convey your appreciation to your co-workers. If you want to go the extra mile, you can do a short tribute video for them as well.
Bond and Play Games With Your Co-workers.
Another way to show your appreciation to your co-workers during employee appreciation day is to bond and celebrate with them during this day. You can use alternative communication apps like discord so you and your co-workers won’t get distracted by work-related messages while celebrating.
Of course, no office celebration would be complete without playing a few party games. For that, you can use Kahoot and Jackbox to play games with your co-workers. And who says you can’t have fun with your co-workers in a remote work setup? Thanks to these apps, distance is no longer an obstacle to playing party games.
Send Your Co-workers a “Thank You” Gift.
Do you really want to return the favor to your co-workers for all the help they’ve done to you? If so, you may consider sending them a personalized “thank you” gift this employee appreciation day.
Again, like your “thank you” message, your gift doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. Your gift can be as simple as a personalized mug or even something you made. In fact, a gift you made is even more touching than an expensive gift. After all, these gifts show that you spent time and effort making something as a token of your appreciation to your co-workers.
Recognize Your Co-workers’ Small and Big Victories.
Finally, physical gifts aren’t the only thing you can give to your co-workers as a token of your appreciation. Another method that you can use to show your appreciation is by shedding some light on your co-workers’ achievements, whether they be big or small.
One great way to do this is by holding a small recognition ceremony during your celebration of employee awareness day. It is recommended that you coordinate with your team leader or manager for this, as they have the data you need to pull this off.
And there you have it; here are 4 simple ways you can show your appreciation to your remote co-workers. Great co-workers are hard to come by these days, so showing you are thankful to them is excellent for workplace morale.
With that, I hope that these tips will help in your celebrations during this employee appreciation day. Cheers! And here’s to another year of harmonious work with your co-workers.