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Top Virtual Employee Appreciation Ideas

Veronica Brundle - Aug 24 2022, 7:34:35 PM

A recent survey found that 37% of employees believe employee recognition is essential to a thriving workplace. Recognition is one of the best ways to show your employees you appreciate their contributions to the company. It can also improve engagement and productivity and help your retention rate. If your team feels recognized, they are more likely to stay with your company and continue to come to work every day, ready to make a difference in the workplace.

If you’re looking for ways to show gratitude and appreciation, here’s our list of virtual employee appreciation ideas to help you get started:

Put together care packages

Working remotely can get lonely. At times, you lose that connection with your team members. The best way to show you care and appreciate everything they do, no matter where they are, is with a care package. These care packages can contain goodies, gift cards, and company swag. You can add in a thank you note to remind them that you appreciate what they do and the contributions they make.

Here are a few things you can consider adding in:

  • Snacks
  • Gift cards
  • Water bottles
  • Hats
  • Branded t-shirts
  • Thank you note
  • Coffee mugs

Your care packages can be for anything you can think of. Whether it’s for a holiday, an employee anniversary, retirement, or someone hitting a milestone.

Throw a Paint Party

After your team has spent countless hours trying to reach their goals and increase sales, they deserve to sit back, relax, and paint. A virtual paint party invites your team to mix, mingle, and channel their inner artist. Each employee will receive a painting kit delivered directly to their door.

An instructor will walk the team through the step-by-step instructions, and at the end, there will be a show and tell for each masterpiece they created. This is one of those experiences your team will cherish for years to come. They'll also have a beautiful masterpiece to remind them of the memory.

Create a Shoutout Channel

If you have Slack, consider setting up a shoutout channel. These channels will work as an outlet for encouraging words, shoutouts, and recognition among team members. With a shoutout channel, you never need to worry about an employee’s work going unnoticed. Individuals can share when someone went out of their way to help on a project, left an impact on a client, or put together a great presentation not everyone saw. This is a great way to promote a positive workplace culture and celebrate the small wins.

Plan a Virtual Happy Hour

Virtual happy hours are a great way to bring your team together, encourage them to bond, and reward your team for all of their hard work and contributions. They remind your team they are a member of a supportive community that wants to see them succeed and thrive.

Instead of going through the trouble of planning everything from start to finish, consider booking one of our pre-planned experiences, like our Shake Up Happy Hour. Together, your team will learn how to make three craft cocktails. They’ll receive a 7-piece professional bartender tool set, and have an opportunity to ask the bartender any questions they have throughout the experience.

Mental Health Day

One of the best ways to show your team you appreciate them is by showing you care about their mental health. Mental health days are also referred to as dark days. They are PTO days outside of the standard accrued time off. Providing your team with an extra PTO is a great way to show you care and appreciate all the work they do for your company. With this extra PTO day, you’re showing your team that their hard work and dedication don't go unnoticed.

Remote Cooking Class

There’s no better way to show you care than by teaching your team a new skill or two. A virtual cooking class invites your team to test their skills in the kitchen. It’s a great way to bond and connect with their team on something that isn’t work-related, and everyone will end the event with delicious food or snacks they can share with their friends and family.

If you want to plan a virtual cooking class as your employee appreciation idea, we recommend booking something different and out-of-the-box, like our Chocolate Candy Making Class. How often do you get the chance to learn how to make delicious treats and then eat them afterward? Exactly! We’ll send them everything they need to succeed and a shopping list with a few extra essentials. Our chef will show them how to melt chocolate and make delicious snacks all on their own.

Handwritten Thank-You Notes

In this digital age, handwritten notes can go a long way. These are different from an email or a quick slack message. A handwritten note shows you went out of the way to show them you cared. At the end of every month or quarter, take some time to write out a few handwritten notes and send them to your employees.

Think about the individuals who went out of their way to help on a project, exceeded their monthly sales goals, or simply for being a team player. You can also send work anniversary messages and birthday cards. Consider sending out 2-3 handwritten notes at the end of every month to improve the relationship between employees and the company.

Virtual Wine Tasting

There’s no better way to show you appreciate someone than with a delicious glass of wine! A virtual wine tasting experience invites your team to connect and cherish the sweet flavors of wine together. If you’re new to wine tasting: we recommend our Guided Happy Hour with Wine & Pairings.

Your team will receive a kit that contains 3 hand-selected bottles of wine, cheese, and cured meats. Together, you'll explore the different flavors and enjoy gourmet hor d'oeuvres that expertly complement the different tastes perfectly.

Create a Master Community Calendar

A community calendar is a great tool that will keep everyone informed about milestones, achievements, birthdays, or other significant events. You can add work anniversaries, holidays, and the virtual employee appreciation ideas you have planned for the upcoming month. With a master calendar, everyone has access to, you can rest assured that every significant moment will get the recognition it deserves.

Have a Virtual Game Night

What better way to celebrate accomplishments or a successful sales month than with a virtual game night? Games are an exciting and thrilling way to unwind after a busy workday. Whether you’re planning to book an escape room or want to schedule a TV game showdown: You can rest assured that your team will love every minute of the exciting virtual experience. If it’s successful, you can consider scheduling a virtual game night every quarter and try out different games every time. That way, your team never gets bored and always has something to look forward to.

Upgrade Your Employee Experience with Elevent

Showing your team you care and recognizing their hard work doesn’t need to be challenging. With our staff appreciation of virtual ideas, you can improve the employee experience and help your team get the recognition they deserve. If you’re ready to start planning your event with our ideas for virtual employee appreciation: contact us today!

Originally published at Aug 24 2022, 7:34:35 PM. Updated on Sep 29 2022.

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