08 Apr 2020

With the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown in full swing, many local business owners are forced to rely on technology to keep their businesses going. While this may be effective at first, one should never underestimate the impact working remotely will have on an employee’s productivity and motivation.

According to HubStaff, these are some of the main pitfalls of employees working remotely:

A lack of community and differences in culture: With only digital interactions, employees lose all sense of comradery!

Difficult communications: If an employee is working remotely, it can be difficult to develop situational awareness, which often results in lost time and money!

Low reliability and retention: Reliability can be problematic if you remove the manager’s presence, which often results in deadlines being missed and a drop in the work quality!

Difficult to manage and maintain accountability: It becomes hard to monitor how employees work or keep track of their deliverables.

Keeping morale high is therefore an essential part of running your business during the COVID-19 lockdown! Business owners need to adopt technology to keep their employees happy, motivated and feel like they play an important role.

This can be achieved by utilising digital or virtual rewards! While you may not be able to reward employees with traditional gifts, like physical vouchers, flowers or sweet treats, this is your opportunity to give your employees something they can really use, like airtime, electricity vouchers, Takealot.com vouchers, Loot vouchers or Netflix vouchers which can be sent immediately!

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Roy Downing

At the same time, it’s critical that employees who are working from home are publicly recognised for completing a project or deliverable. Employers should consider implementing cost effective digital business platforms such as MyWorkplace during the lockdown. Not only are these digital platforms great at keeping your entire workforce in touch with each other, but also an effective platform to publicly recognise performing employees.

At WOW Enterprise Performance Solutions, we offer our clients the opportunity to reward and recognise their employees with virtual vouchers, while at the same time educating them about COVID-19 and effective preventative measures!

How it works:

-WOW schedules tailored educational SMS communications to employees

-SMS quizzes are then scheduled weekly, testing knowledge on the recently received information

-Employees receive instant feedback on their entry and instant gratification.

-Employees are rewarded with airtime for each correct answer – which adds excitement to the learning experience

-Other important business information is blended into the quizzes to ensure focus (e.g. Covid-19 S)

Contact us today to see how we can help you during the COVID-19 lockdown!