With all the tips and tricks that we use every day to improve our online meetings, it's very easy to lose sight of how important the simple things, like really listening and remembering to say thank you are. These are the things that keep us going when we are busy meeting deadlines and pushing our limits.

This post is #6 in a series I am writing on “Tips for successful remote meetings”, brought to you by Rate My Meeting. We use a "Remote" theme to measure your skills for successful meetings via online tools like Zoom, Skype and teleconferencing as it is not only about connecting and interacting in remote meetings but also about using the technology and making people feel part of a team. Earlier we discussed how COVID-19 can act as an icebreaker,  how to have a smooth online meeting , how to be a productive participant, how to make remote employees feel more connected and 6 suggestions to ensure the well-being of your remote members. Let’s have a look at the 6th element Rate My Meeting uses to improve remote meetings: I felt appreciated.

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Rate My Meeting helps businesses and individuals by collecting honest and open feedback from all the participants right after the meeting and generates insights to see how well you did and where you can improve. Remote Meetings contribute to team bonding when all participants feel involved and appreciated. It is important that managers create a sense of belonging for employees and make sure that everyone feels appreciated. When the attendees of your meeting feel appreciated, they begin to feel a sense of ownership and they work hard to make meaningful contributions in their respective fields. Through our comprehensive questionnaire, individuals can express themselves freely while staying anonymous.

Why you need to appreciate teammates and how to express your gratitude
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Some members of your team may be finding it challenging to work from home for long periods of time. For such employees, letting them know that what they do matters is more important than ever right now. Let’s have a look at six ways through which we can establish a connection with teammates and express our appreciation towards them that will surprise and delight them while they are working from home:

Six ways to express appreciation

1) Initiate meaningful conversations

The first step towards establishing a connection with your teammates is to engage in meaningful conversation with them. You can initiate this type of exchange with anyone at almost any time simply by asking about the other person, listening to what they have to say, and then finding common ground.

2) Have a celebration channel

When people are scattered all or around the world—it can be difficult to show appreciation. You can create a separate channel for your teammates where informal stuff can be shared. This is a place for people to brag about their latest achievement, share team photos, and recognize amazing efforts.

3) Give feedback

Hearing that you’re doing commendable work feels good—but it can be even better when you offer a specific compliment. For example, “your research for this project provided great help” as compared to “you were of great help” sounds way better. It makes the individual feel great about their work, and highlights what approach you’d like them to continue to have in the future.

4) Involve employees in decision-making

The act of asking the opinion of your teammates is enough to make them understand they add value to the organization and are appreciated. So next time you’re in a meeting try to share the problems and ask for their input.

5) Acknowledge teammates in meetings

A great way to earn the trust of your employees is to acknowledge their good performance in team meetings. When someone has a good idea, performs above and beyond, or does something worth mentioning, it is always a good time to acknowledge them in front of their peers.

6) Write them a great LinkedIn recommendation

Writing a LinkedIn recommendation is a fabulous way of showing your appreciation for your teammates publicly. Tell the world why you appreciate someone and you’re your teammates in their future career too.

If people feel they are not being appreciated, Rate My Meeting gives them an opportunity for submitting completely anonymous feedback right after the meeting. Everyone involved gets to know about their strengths and weaknesses. You can work on your weaknesses accordingly and this facilitates room for improvement in your meeting skills. Learning how participants feel personally helps to understand their mindset and thought process. Direct, anonymous and precise input from all the participants is the best way forward towards mutually beneficial online meetings.

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