While the coronavirus has presented new challenges at every level of property management, apartment onsite teams have been on the forefront, keeping their communities running smoothly and helping residents stay safe at home. These truly essential everyday heroes deserve some extra recognition for their dedication to their jobs and the residents they serve.
The National Apartment Association (NAA) is leading the way by recognizing Apartment Onsite Teams Day on Wednesday, July 14. They’re encouraging the residential property management industry to come together and “celebrate our vital, onsite teams throughout the country for their dedication to keeping residents in our communities well served and safely housed during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Looking for some ideas on how to show your appreciation? Check out the tips below.
1. Give away prizes
There’s nothing like a raffle to get your team excited and boost morale. Think about experiences that will bring a little relief and joy to your team today. Gift baskets with tasty, comforting treats, funny photo prop items (like silly glasses and hats), company-branded swag or gifts cards might be exactly what your onsite team needs to bring a little extra joy to their day.
2. Order lunch for your onsite team
A property management business can be extraordinary with one seemingly ordinary move. Simply order lunch for your onsite team. Think pizza, sandwiches or other grub from a local place everyone talks about or has been meaning to try. Connect with your onsite team management for ideas.
Pro tip: If possible, get a food truck to come onsite. People love them. In fact, 80% of food truck customers call the experience fun, exciting, new and unique.
3. Pass out a cold dessert
The summer months can get hot, so help your team cool off with a frozen dessert. Ice cream bars and popsicles are easy to manage because there’s no scooping involved. Plus, stocking your office freezer with treats is sure to put a smile on many faces. There may even be trucks in your area that pass out ice cream and snow cones.
4. Set up outdoor games
If you have a parking lot or other outdoor space available, set up some games and activities (e.g., ping pong, bean bag toss). If outdoor activities seem too risky given the guidelines in your local area, it’s better to hold off and be safe. There will be more opportunities to celebrate together in the future.
5. Use social media
NAA and Yardi Breeze want to help you show appreciation for your onsite team, so spread the word on social media with #APTeamsDay. Connect with other property management businesses to discover even more great celebration ideas. And be sure to give a shout out to your team and let them know they’re awesome! A kind gesture can mean a lot, especially now.
This article is intended for inspirational purposes only and does not constitute legal counsel or health advice. Please check that your state health department approves of in-person social gatherings before setting up activities such as lunch, outdoor games, prize giveaways, etc.