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    June 2020

    How to Engage Remote Employees

    A lot of companies just weren’t prepared to operate entirely remotely. For a lot of organizations, it wasn’t really the workflow and production that had them worried, but keeping their remote employees engaged. Without face-to-face meetings, simply saying “hi” while you pass someone’s desk, or grabbing coffee together, a lot of companies feared that they’d lose that personal connection with their staff, resulting in a lack of dedication and motivation. 

    So how do you keep your remote employees engaged to avoid a decrease in productivity in a time where people feel uncertain and worried about their health and job? 

    At 1338Tryon, we work with a lot of companies that value their employees, often using our customizable products to create awards for recognition programs. We know you care about your employees and want to make sure they’re performing their best. Let’s find out how you can ensure they’re engaged, motivated, and happy. 

    Engage Remote Employees: Communication

    Without the ability to stop by someone’s office to chat, staying connected during the coronavirus pandemic has become more important than ever. The key is not making it feel forced and instead of making communication genuine and helpful. 

    Use Chat Programs

    Zoom webcam work from home engage employees

    Programs like Slack and Google Hangouts ensure that everyone from the office can stay in touch with one another. These programs allow you to create various groups and locked chat rooms, helping to organize projects and various teams within the company. Having the ability to still talk throughout the day about work will keep employees connected to their co-workers and ensure they are reminded of important tasks. 

    But these programs also allow for direct messages, meaning you can send over a quick DM just to check in. Ask them how they are feeling and what they need help with while working remotely. Knowing that you’re thinking of them will keep them feeling appreciated, instead of feeling disconnected to the team. 

    Schedule More Calls and Video Meetings

    One way to keep employees feeling connected while still creating a sense of normalcy and structure is to schedule daily or weekly calls and video meetings. Seeing people face-to-face will help them bond all over again, reminding them that there are in fact other real live people working on the project or team with them! Use conference programs like Zoom to ensure every employee can be present. 

    It will also help people stay on track when they know a meeting is coming on Friday and they’re expected to discuss the work they’ve done for their part of the project. 

    Just remember not to bombard employees with meetings. Too many meetings can become stressful and time-consuming, chewing away at their work hours and making them feel overworked. Keep meetings brief and to the point, but always leave room for questions. 

    Related: 6 Ways to Get More Done Every Day

    Engage Remote Employees: Increased Participation

    Sometimes remote employees can start to feel left out of work-related discussions, projects, and activities. This can lead to them pulling away since they feel underappreciated and isolated. While it does take some creativity and effort, there are definitely ways to create more chances for participation while everyone is working from home. 

    Give Them More Responsibilities

    While you want to keep in mind how stressed and worried some employees are feeling during this time, others may be feeling a lack of motivation due to the frustrations of being away from the office. Giving them some insight into another department or project can make them feel valued, give them more purpose, and guarantee more communication. 

    Set Up Extracurricular Activities

    Maybe your office used to throw parties every other Friday night. Or maybe some employees played video games together during their lunch break or between projects. When you work remotely, it can feel like you’re missing out on those bonding moments. 

    To keep employees engaged and ensure the office feels like a community, create activities for people to participate in. Set up a channel in Slack for a book club, allowing employees to discuss a novel they’re all reading. Host an online board game or Dungeons & Dragons night. Tell everyone to get on Zoom Friday night to drink and chat. Have everyone answer a poll, suggesting a movie they’d like to watch, and then have everyone watch it together with Netflix Party

    Engage Remote Employees: Make Them Feel Appreciated

    Without daily discussions on projects or face-to-face meetings in the office, remote work can start to feel isolating. Employees can feel like their work isn’t being recognized and only exists to reach a deadline. It’s more important than ever before to give them recognition and appreciation along the way, instead of just telling employees to submit work to the drive by the end of the week. 

    Create a Budget for At Home Offices

    woman with laptop and desk at home office employee engagement

    For many employees, working from home is definitely new territory. A lot of people don’t even have the proper office or equipment to feel comfortable or focused while working from home. Offer a small budget for employees to use for home office supplies, which will not only make them feel appreciated but help them stay focused and motivated to work. 

    Offer Rewards for Work

    Of course, hearing “great work” is often enough for most employees, remote or otherwise. But why not make them feel even more appreciated if the budget allows? Depending on the type of work, rewards can be given out for employees who complete the most or get the best results. The reward could also be for contests unrelated to work if your company decides to have a karaoke contest or video game tournament. 

    Use 1338Tryon’s customizable apparel, office supplies, and other merchandise to create prizes customized to your company and the contest or task at hand. Think a shirt with your company’s name on it, your employee’s name on it, and a fun slogan or title to represent their accomplishment, like “May 2020 Sales Wizard” or “Best Animal Crossing Island on the Team.” 

    Related: 8 Corporate Gifts For Your Employees


    When it comes to engaging remote employees, a little can go a long, long way to make them feel motivated and a part of the team. It’s hard for a lot of people to transition to remote work so unexpectedly and under such uncertain circumstances, but it makes a world of difference if they feel appreciated by their employer. A simple check-in on Slack can let them know you care how they’re feeling while setting up company-wide activities can keep staff feeling connected. 

    Don’t forget to take advantage of 1338Tryon’s customizable merch, like pens for their at-home offices and t-shirts to all wear during Friday Night Wine Drinking Zoom Party. It’s hard not to feel appreciated and motivated when it feels like your employer truly cares about you and your work. 

    Online Events and How to Make Them Last

    2020 has been a difficult and confusing time for many people. The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people scared about the health of their loved ones and wondering about their own financial situation. Social distancing mandates are making people miss their friends and going to events. 

    The COVID-19 crisis has been tough for companies, too. Some organizations weren’t ready to take all their workflow online. Others have been struggling and relying on government loans, forced to let go of employees. 

    But one way your organization can boost employee morale and get community support is through online events. Thanks to Zoom and other online conference tools, people have been able to connect over online events in place of all the usual concerts, movies, conventions and meet-ups they’ve been missing out on. 

    At 1338Tryon, we work with a lot of companies that truly care about connecting with their employees and customers. They use our custom products to unite employees or share their mission with the community. So how can your organization build that same connection online through an event? Let’s take a closer look. 

    So What is an Online Event? 

    An online event is a virtual meet-up that takes place online rather than in a physical location. Just like events held in-person, online events come in a variety of formats. As long as there’s a way for people to connect virtually — through webcam or even a chatting service — an online event can take place. 

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    Tutorials and Classes

    If you have a product or service that needs some explaining, hosting an online how-to webinar with tips and instructions can really engage potential customers. They’ll have experts (you guys) to interact with, especially if you offer a Q&A session after the tutorial. Make it even more interactive by creating an atmosphere where people can follow along or participate in various ways. Unlike in-person events, online classes can often involve a lot of sitting and staring at a computer screen. To make it last longer and not lose anyone’s interest, create various opportunities for discussion or action. 

    Training and Courses

    Sometimes employees can feel a bit disconnected while working remotely. There’s no morning coffees together before meetings and there’s no in-person meetings where everyone gathers to discuss changes within the company. To keep employees engaged, motivated and knowledgable, host online webinars and workshops. 

    This is something that can also be offered to customers and clients, gaining trust and confidence by providing webinars and workshops that only your team can provide. 

    Behind-the-Scenes Tours

    This can be a little difficult during this time, since a lot of public spaces and offices are closed. But get creative. When employees and customers feel a connection to you on a personal level, they’re more likely to feel engaged and dedicated to the company or product. Show them your at-home office. Or maybe show off how your product or service works in a variety of new and unexpected locations. 

    Interviews and Performances

    This goes back to the idea behind “training and courses.” You and your team have a certain insight that other people may not, whether it be your skills or details about your product or service. That is something valuable that draws people in, which is why interviews and performances are such a hit when it comes to online events. 

    Having the chance to not only listen to an expert discuss a certain topic, product or experience but interact with them, is a one-of-a-kind experience that will surely excite your audience. 

    During the time when coronavirus has stripped us of fairs, conventions, concerts, movies and more, watching an exciting performance online is another way to ensure your online event lasts. Whether it’s an interactive karaoke competition or watching professional dancers, performances are an excellent way to captivate an audience. 

    Conferences and Networking

    Networking is very important to professionals in a variety of industries. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has ensured that no conferences and networking opportunities exist face-to-face. Luckily, an online event is a perfect chance to connect with other professionals. Giving people the opportunity to meet others within their industry will most definitely be of interest, especially now. Find a way to form a structured networking and business gathering to ensure your online event is requested week after week. 

    How to Host an Online Event

    woman on laptop at cafe online event

    Create a Game Plan

    Every online event needs a strategy. Think about what your goals are with the event. What are you hoping to accomplish? That will help you create a much clearer vision of what type of online event you need to host to better reach your chosen audience. 

    Then think of some of the basics. Will attendees be charged or will it be free? Will it be hosted live or on-demand? Will you require event registration? 

    Choose the Right Time

    It’s extremely important to choose the right date and time for the event. Do a little research, finding out which time zone works best for your target audience and which days work the best for most participants. Find out when the majority of your community is usually online and even send polls to find out people’s preferred dates. This can be done through email or on social media. 

    Promote the Event

    Determine the key selling points of your online event. Is it a certain skill or knowledge they will gain? Something physical they can win? A noteworthy speaker or performance? This will determine the best way to go about your marketing. But there are some things that are always good to pursue: 

    • Share details by email and on social media
      • Create a countdown on Instagram Stories
      • Give an event hashtag on Twitter
      • Create a Facebook event
    • List your online event on websites like Eventbrite for a bigger reach
    • Target ads specifically to people who will be interested and make sure they’re in a format that will appeal to them
    • Be consistent. Registration spikes two to three weeks before an event, so ramp up your marketing around that time

    Related: How to Create Buzz Around a Launch With Promo Products

    Prepare for Tech Troubles 

    Unlike an in-person event, online events may run into some technology-related blunders. Before the event begins, test your internet connection and any other devices you’ll be using throughout the event. You might even want to run a rehearsal to see if any issues arise. 

    And even if you have tech gurus on your end to help you, remember that not all of your guests have that same support. You might want to provide some advice or instructions in a follow-up email once guests have registered. Maybe you can even have someone on hand to help people with questions or issues during the event. 

    Make it Interactive

    This is probably one of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a successful online event built to last. You want the audience to feel engaged. This will keep them interested in the event because they’ll feel a sense of investment and also feel listened to. 

    Ask viewers to submit questions through the conference platform’s chat tool. Let them know these will be answered during a Q&A. Maybe even have portions of the event where people can participate in quizzes, polls, and games. This will have them paying even closer attention because of the entertainment value and their competitive nature. Also, offer prizes. Use 1338Tryon to create custom gifts that promote the online event and give them away to audience members.

    When the event is done, encourage people to provide feedback and comments. This can be through a poll or email. Either way, it makes them feel heard and appreciated for participating. 


    When it comes to online events, you want people to feel connected to the product, company or to one another. During a time when face-to-face interaction is rare, people want to feel that sense of belonging. 

    Make your online event feel special by offering custom merchandise for people to rep during and after the online event. At 1338Tryon, we have endless apparel, accessories, and office supplies that can be customized for all your future online events. Check out our exciting selection here