With COVID-19 forcing businesses to shut down offices, remote working has now become a way of life for many employees. The familiar sight of long rows of office cubicles has been replaced by a comfy couch and the pajama has finally found acceptance as workwear; so what if it’s only temporary! All told, remote working can impact employee morale, especially if the shift is too sudden, and it begins to show in the productivity of your team over a period of time. This is the right moment for a little appreciation- both verbal and material- to keep the enthusiasm going.
However, a staple wall calendar or mouse pad may not be the best bet for building engagement with a dispersed team that can only interact with each other over Skype or any other video conferencing tool. You need something that is uniquely personalized to suit the preferences of every team member. A tall order? Absolutely!
Having your agents fill up an anonymous survey works well, however, it does nothing to solve the problem of searching for and ordering unique gifts, especially if you have a large group of people working for you.
There is an undeniable business case for sending gifts to your remote team. It can enhance their productivity and foster greater collaboration between teams on a daily basis. Besides, you can use gifting to build brand awareness among your team’s family and friends.
The net result -which is worth more than anything money can buy – is a feeling of loyalty and connection that will only help your brand scale greater heights in the time to come! There are tangible benefits, too! Improved team morale leads to better teamwork and that has a direct impact on business outcomes.
5 Employee Gifts That Employees Remember and Cherish
Through Eva’s unique data and feedback collection strategies, we have listed five of our most popular employee holiday gift ideas for remote employees that are worth trying out:
Finding a quiet place around the house to work can be a difficult task during the holidays. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there is usually too much going on in most homes for a quick team conference call or webchat. Even if you have a home office, the odds of a pet intruding or your kid wandering in are high. Noise-canceling earphones can help your employees stay focussed and deliver on schedule.
The Avantree Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headset blocks out all background noise to give your employees crystal clear audio. You might just find your team working in lock-step with each other as their ‘listening skills’ improve overnight!
Cold Massage Therapy Ball
The couch in the living room may be comfy but it is certainly as ergonomic as an office chair! After a few weeks, your employees suffer from posture-related aches and pains which they could do without! Enter the Recoup Fitness CyroSphere. This cold massage therapy ball can make short work of common aches and pains and get your employees back into action. It is designed to stay cold for up to 6 hours, making it perfect for use, both indoors and out.
A bone for your pet, perhaps?
As adorable as your pet dog or cat may be, giving that spread-sheet or presentation your undivided attention can get pretty challenging as a remote worker. Yet, you might not want to let them out of your sight either. The Cheerable Wicked Bone Smart Pet Toy comes to your rescue when faced with such dilemmas! What makes it so smart, you ask? For the uninformed, the Wicked Bone is a Bluetooth-operated programmable pet toy that engages your pet in a playful chase around the house, relieving you from the guilt of confining him/her indoors.
A quiet tipple for two
The lockdown may have taken a toll on the social lives of most people but that is no excuse for giving up on the idea altogether. Our next recommendation may raise your spirits quite literally! Carre Whiskey Old Fashion Glasses are shatterproof and dishwasher safe, meaning you do not have to worry if you have had a trifle too much to drink. They are easy to clean and come packaged in pairs of two.
If you like your drink the traditional way, the Carre Whiskey glass does not disappoint. It is the perfect way to relax after a long day at work and your remote employees could well cheer your evolved taste in gifting!
Why not try a whole Gift Box?
Personalized gift boxes are likely to hold more sentimental value for their recipients. Show your employees your appreciation by ordering a bespoke gift hamper with a mix of goodies like chocolate, cheese, branded pens, and notebooks, or even aromatic candles, this holiday season! Might we suggest a gift box from our extensive collection over on Evabot? Your employees are sure to find something exciting when their gift box arrives.
Automate Your Gifting Programs with Eva
Not sure if Ross, the assistant HR, has a pet dog or cat, or if the new talented content writer, Mary, prefers coffee over wine? Can’t decide whether Srivesh, the IT guy, likes listening to music on headphones or on speakers? No need to pluck your hair worrying over these. Let Eva find out the answers in 5 minutes! Yes, that’s all it takes to choose the right holiday gift for your employee.
You know the drill! Send them a customized gift link via SMS or email. Eva then takes over and asks them some quick questions about their preferences. Eva scans the data we have collected over time and goes on to find and deliver uniquely memorable gifts to your employees with zero input from your end! What’s more, every gift has the option to be personalized for each employee and delivered in your branded gift box.
Eva can do wonders for your reputation as a thoughtful employer. Not too bad for an AI-powered bot, wouldn’t you say? To know more about how we can help your brand, take a free trial or contact us today and experience the ease of automated gifting today!