Some time ago, my client from Mikogo asked me to help him out with editing an article titled Six Tips to Ensure Your Remote Workers are Focused and Productive and the title piqued my interest right away. His insightful article outlined some of the rules that we’d expect when it comes to managing remote workers, but I think as a remote worker, his last two tips really struck me as thoughtful. You want to go read his post!
As many of you know, we recently moved to a new home and with that, our P.O. Box changed. But yesterday, when my hubby took my son for a haircut near the old place, he stopped by to check the box and what did he find? A parcel from me, all the way from England. Hmmm… What could it be?
Not only did my client hit the sweet spot, but he also chose the exact flavors I would’ve chosen for myself. 🙂 Thank you soooo much!
But why blog about it? It’s two-fold:
1. I want to show my appreciation by letting you all check out my client’s site. He’s got a really cool online meeting solution for companies or individuals who want to communicate with others. Got remote workers? Chat to them on Mikogo. Want to help Granny update her Facebook profile? Check out Mikogo. Want to show off your holiday photos to the whole family at once? Yup, you got it – you can do it via Mikogo.
2. I want to remind those of you who have remote workers, to appreciate them, because it makes them feel good, and a happy remote worker is a productive remote worker.
Quick Tips for Remote Worker Appreciation
While I’m no expert on remote workers, I hereby state that I am an expert in showing my appreciation. Just ask Keith (you’ve probably dealt with him before – he’s ContentCafe’s very own accounts executive) and Wade, who does Keith’s work when Keith is not here, as well as general dog’s body duties. Without these two guys doing what they’re doing and keeping the coffee and chocolate IVs filled, you, my dear clients, would not be getting the great content that you do. Of course, I have to spoil them rotten to keep them on their toes… 😉
I’ve been blessed with extremely nice clients, but I know many remote workers or freelancers who would love to feel a bit more appreciated. Andrew covered several aspects in his post, but I just came up with a few more (I won’t talk about chocolates any more, but of course – that tops any list):
Say thank you for a job well done. Many of us thrive on recognition and testimonials are a great vote of confidence.
Send over a referral. That’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Give a bonus. Everyone loves money they don’t have to work for, even if it’s a small token.
Give an increase. Inflation hits everyone once in a while, so it’s only thoughtful to give your remote worker an increase once a year. If you’ve hired him or her on oDesk or a similar site, increase their hourly rate, even if it is by $1, once a year.
Now, you may say that you hired a remote worker for the purpose of not having any responsibilities towards him or her, but look at it this way:
- They are a crucial part of your operations.
- They are doing work you don’t have time for.
- They are doing a good job (otherwise you’d hire someone else).
- You don’t have to see their make-up free, pale and nerdy faces every day as you would someone in your office.
- You don’t have to pay them a full-time salary and all the other benefits you’d have to pay a part-time worker.
Basically, you are getting off lightly. So do yourself a favor and show them your appreciation, al right?
Well, that’s it from me. I’m off to enjoy some hazelnut praline filled milk chocolate while I complete a client’s website content. How are you going to show some appreciation to your remote workers today? And, remote workers, I have two questions for you:
1. What makes you feel appreciated?
2. How does it change the way in which you work?
I’d love to read your stories in comments, below.