Low morale can spoil any working environment and every area of the business can be affected. Customer service, project management, employee relationships, literally everything suffers if morale takes a nosedive. When workplace morale is low, mistakes get made, blame is thrown around, and people’s feelings are hurt. If there’s no joy in the workday, why bother trying?
Leaders must invest in keeping teams motivated and confident. Failing to do so will lead to an increasingly apathetic staff that procrastinates on key tasks, takes longer breaks, and complains about the smallest and simplest requests.
Fortunately, there are strategies you can put in action to avoid
1. Give Them Something to Believe In
Every organization should have a mission statement and every staff member should be able to recite that statement from memory. Your mission statement should be treated like a banner and activities within the company should be measured against it on a regular basis. Employees should also be taught to measure their actions and activities against the company mission. By doing this, you create a culture of unity among staff and employees are more likely to adopt the company’s mission as their own.
Leadership must strive to model this behavior, or else it’s just empty words that will never evolve into the life and breath of the company. The most successful companies have employees that act as evangelists that embrace and share the company’s objectives.
2. Recognize Important Achievements
If someone is excelling at their job, it should be celebrated. Employee achievements should never be overlooked, or underrecognized. Yes, employees are hired to do a job, and to do them well. However, if you’re not actively recognizing members of your tribe who are excelling at the tasks they’re charged with, someone else will. Employees who feel undervalued and underappreciated will feel little reason to be loyal.
3. Have a Little Fun Every Now and Then
The family that plays together, stays together. It’s true. If you can lighten the mood and cut loose every once in a while, it will serve as a great stress reliever and team-building activity. Parties and celebrations are a wonderful way to increase morale, especially after staff has worked hard to achieve specific milestones. Investing in celebrations is a wonderful way to invest in the health and well-being of the company.
4. Don’t Forget About Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits don’t always have to be something big. Gym memberships, tickets to the movies, gift cards, and other little treats are always great motivators. These little initiatives help show employees you care and appreciate what they do. Many places offer on-site childcare, gym facilities, break rooms with special amenities, wifi, etc.. Use your imagination and ask your staff what would make life better for them in the workplace.
5. Ensure Employees Feel Heard
One of the best ways to make sure workplace morale is up is to ensure staff feels their leadership listens to what they say and how they feel. One of the best ways to find out what is going on in the minds of your employees is to ask them. While it isn’t always possible to ask your employees these types of questions individually, it is possible to use kiosks, mobile, apps, and a system like Vohtr to conduct polls on a regular basis to gauge what’s going on in all departments. A plug-and-play system like this is easy to implement, simple to learn, and is a wonderful way to ensure employees feel like their thoughts and opinions are valued by those at the top.
If you have a healthy corporate culture and you’re willing to listen to your employees, solving morale problems can be easy. However, if you’re dealing with deeper issues like financial, leadership, and staffing problems — it’s vital to be transparent about the problems that exist instead of sweeping them under the rug. Ultimately, improving morale means ensuring employees feel respected and heard. Every employee is different, but we all have similar needs. Everyone wants to feel valued and treated fairly. When that foundation is there, it’s easier to handle the small bumps that happen along the way.