Work can be stimulating for individuals or it can be a real chore. If the latter is the case, your employees will not only have lower morale, they are also likely to be less productive. Unfortunately, changing the morale in your company is not easily achieved – but it is certainly do-able.
There are lots of small steps you can take to incrementally boost the morale of your employees and here are some tips to get you started.
Praise good work
In the pursuit of profits and growth, it is easy to be overly critical of your business and its staff. There is a lot of pressure in some working environments but you don’t want this to contribute to a negative atmosphere in the office.
In order to make sure there is a positive vibe in your workplace, offer praise whenever it is warranted. This can be something small such as a manager giving a compliment or something grander like starting an “employee of the month” scheme. If you take your employees for granted, morale is unlikely to be at a high level.
And promote your staff
Career progression is a vital part of working life. In order to ensure that morale is high, your staff shouldn’t feel as though they are in a “dead-end job.” Although you shouldn’t promote your employees before they are ready, or give them token job titles to make them feel better, feeling that their work will lead to something bigger in the future is important.
In order to feel like their job will be fulfilling in the long-term, make it clear that you are willing to promote from within. When a member of staff has demonstrated that they are willing to put in the hard work and acquire the skills to progress up the career ladder, make sure you give them the opportunity. Good members of staff are difficult to come by and if they can achieve the progression that they crave somewhere else, they are likely to move on
Fun, fun, fun
If you want to keep spirits up in the office, remember that the workplace doesn’t only have to be about work. Giving your employees time for some fun is vital for morale. Team bonding sessions are one way of achieving this and also let your staff get to know each other a little better.
Moreover, you can inject some fun into the office by having a dedicated space for recreation. Purchasing a few items from Games Room Stuff like a pool table, dart board or some arcade cabinets give your staff a place to unwind when the stress of work is getting too much. Remember, all work and no play makes for an unhappy workplace.
Get your workplace culture right
Another, more difficult, way of boosting morale is making sure that your business has the right culture in place. Is there an inclusive, open and tolerant atmosphere, where everyone feels like they are able to contribute? If your workplace culture stinks it doesn’t matter if wages are high and the business is flourishing, morale at the company is unlikely to be high.
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