Many managers fail to realise that low employee morale impacts their productivity and the company’s ability to retain talent.
Here are six ways to help boost employee morale.
- Don’t forget to have fun
With mountains of work to get through each day it can be easy to fall in to the ‘All Work, No Play’ mentality – but this is only going to take its toll on your employees.
Staff go to work to get a job done but spending over 40 hours each week doing the same tasks day in day out can become dull and your employees will start asking themselves ‘What am I doing here?’
So, whether it’s a quick round of drinks on a Friday afternoon or a team building day out every quarter your staff will appreciate the break in monotony.
- Be prepared to take the bullet
When your people are facing challenges and morale is sinking be willing to step up to the mark and tackle particularly difficult issues yourself.
Whether it’s dealing with a challenging client or handling an awkward confrontation showing your team that you’re willing to put your neck on the line to save them hassle will undoubtedly increase morale and team spirit.
- Give praise where praise is due
Everybody loves a bit of positive recognition every now and then so stop overlooking staff members’ good work.
Regular positive feedback and recognition may just be the key to unlocking exceptional performance and improving employee morale – and the key word here is ‘regular’. Leaving it to yearly review meetings just won’t be enough.
- Let them speak
Meet with each of your team members one-on-one to allow them chance to vent any frustrations or voice any concerns privately. Take what they say seriously and make sure to act on anything within your power.
Employees that trust you and feel able to talk and be listened to will be more willing to put the work in, knowing their opinions are valued.
- Authentic care
Whether it’s a simple birthday card or a bunch of flowers for a staff member going on maternity leave these relatively inexpensive demonstrations show that you genuinely listen to your employees and care about their lives.
This can go a long way towards making employees feel connected to their team and the business which in turn will create a happier staff body overall.
- Make work meaningful
When employee morale is taking a bit of a bashing take the time to return to the vision on which the business was built in the first place. Ask yourself why the business exists and how the work of employees contributes to this purpose.
Communicate the importance of their work both as individuals and as a team, this is will improve morale and motivation significantly.
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