Your employees are your most valuable resource. Improving employee morale is essential to creating a more pleasant and productive work environment. So, it would be best to keep them happy… But are they? By making a few small changes around your workplace you can boost employee morale, reduce turnover, increase productivity and create an atmosphere where your employees can truly thrive.
Five Simple Ways to Boost Employee Morale
1.) Talk Transparently
When employees are unsure about what’s going in their workplace, speculation quickly turns into gossip, which could foster an uncomfortable work environment. If you notice excessive whispering around the water cooler, perhaps it’s time to introduce a little transparency. Schedule a company-wide meeting to discuss any major changes, respond to concerns and most importantly address any company rumors that might have your employees on edge.
2.) Learn to Listen
Allow your employees to provide feedback and be sure to listen to what they have to say. You might be surprised at how many resourceful and creative solutions you can get from your employees. The next time someone on your teams comes to you with an issue, don’t put it aside as task to solve on your own. Ask that individual to come up with a solution and listen to what they have to offer. After all, they might provide an excellent resolution to the matter at hand.
3.) Respond to Recognition
When you notice an employee going above and beyond the call of duty or making significant positive contributions toward the company’s success, show them that you recognize and appreciate their efforts. A simple thank you email, a mention during a company meeting or even a personal word of gratitude can make an employee feel truly valued. Showing recognition to hard working employees can also help motivate other employees to make improvements.
4.) Find the Fun
Create a culture that your employees love coming to by adding a dose of fun to energize a dull environment. You can celebrate birthdays, organize a pot luck, decorate the office, enjoy an afternoon trivia game… The possibilities are endless. By introducing a fun activity, for even as little as a half hour, you can leave a lasting and positive impression on your employees. Having fun does more than add laughs and smiles, it creates a more enjoyable workplace where individuals feel better and are inspired to perform.
5.) Better Benefits
Another way to improve employee morale is by showing that you care about their personal needs. Implementing a benefits program that offers healthcare, vision, dental, life insurance and other benefits shows employees that you care about their well-being. Similarly, implementing other human resource programs to address employee needs can have a profound effect on overall employee welfare. Promoting a healthier workplace is a win-win for everyone!