Tips for Recognizing and Honoring the Achievements of Your Virtual Team

Completing a project, attaining a goal, or launching a piece of software can be immensely satisfying, and it is perfectly understandable to want to celebrate the fruits of your labor. After investing so much effort and dedication into a project, it is only right that you should feel proud of your accomplishment and take the opportunity to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.

If your team is part of the ever-increasing number of remote-working teams collaborating from different parts of the globe, it can be a challenge to come up with group activities and events that everyone can enjoy. Here are some ideas to help you create a virtual group party: why not arrange an online game night, have a group chat with a shared meal, or even organize a virtual movie night with a shared popcorn? You could also have a virtual drinks night, or a virtual quiz night with prizes. Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is that everyone is included and involved.

So, if pineapples can have fun, why couldn’t your distributed team?

Throw an Online Celebration

It is not essential for everyone to be in the same place in order to have a successful meeting and similarly, it is not mandatory for everyone to be present in order to celebrate a joyous occasion. The answer is a resounding, no. All that is required is to set a time, send out invitations and have everyone join a video chat platform to toast the team’s success.

Organizing a night out and encouraging people to dress up for the occasion as their favorite David Bowie character can be an effective way of creating a fun and unique atmosphere. If this is too much to ask, why not set up a temporary award for the person with the most impressive webcam background? This can be a great way to get people in the party spirit and ensure that staff meetings are anything but typical.

Send Gifts

Investing some of your funds in delivering presents to your staff is a great way to show your appreciation for their hard work. Whether you choose to shop at the renowned global retailer Amazon or search for a local service, you can have almost anything delivered to your staff, anywhere in the world. We are able to provide a wide range of items, including wine, cakes, flowers and t-shirts.

As an alternative, you could consider sending a gift card to your remote staff, or offering them a monetary allowance so that they can purchase something to treat themselves. It could be beneficial to arrange a video call the following week to discuss the items they have chosen.

Share a Meal at Home

In recent times, due to the increasing popularity of services such as Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo, it has become incredibly straightforward to organize a team dinner. Why not take advantage of this and plan a virtual dinner party with your colleagues? Just as you would if you were dining at a restaurant, you can all order food, join a Zoom meeting and enjoy a meal and conversation together.

Rewards

Rather than simply sending a certificate of recognition, why not consider sending a tangible trophy to the team member instead? There are many options available on online marketplaces such as eBay at surprisingly competitive prices. Furthermore, you can have the trophies sent directly to the team member. You may opt to purchase identical awards for all team members, or you may choose to customize them with individual engravings. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you wish to use the trophy as a sincere expression of congratulations or as a more lighthearted gesture.

Have a Day Off

Even though it may not be feasible to provide the entire team with a day off to celebrate a success, it is possible to offer them some respite. It would be even better if they were provided with a certain monetary amount and given the freedom to spend it however they wish.

It might be a good idea to encourage your team to take photographs during the day or when they come back from their tasks; this will help to create meaningful memories together, thus fostering a stronger bond between them over time. Taking advantage of these opportunities to make memories together can really help to bring your team closer.

Kill Stuff

It may not be possible to meet in person, but why not relieve some stress with a group gaming session online? There is a range of games available such as Fortnite, World of Warcraft, Neverwinter, and Star Trek Online, in which you can join forces and partake in some cathartic fantasy combat.

When your team is geographically dispersed, a great way to foster a sense of cohesion is to engage in online gaming on a regular basis. Taking the time to set up a group within an MMO (massively multiplayer online) game and then discussing strategies for achieving common objectives can be an effective way of uniting your team and optimizing their collaborative working experience.

Seventh, Withdraw!

It would be a great idea to mark significant victories with a team celebration. To ensure everyone can connect and celebrate, we could look into organizing a remote retreat. Elisa Rueda, an expert in this area, has shared her top tips on the Works podcast episode, which may be useful to consult when planning. Flying everyone to a central location is one option, where team members can socialize and, if time allows, get some work done.

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