Corporate Events, Passion Projects and Other Ways to Boost Employee Morale

employee-moraleIf your employees are dragging themselves to work every day and office banter seems like a distant memory, it’s probably time for a morale boost. High employee morale is correlated with less turnover, increased productivity and better team cooperation. Employee morale can ultimately make or break your company’s success, so you better start showing your appreciation. Below is a list of simple, morale boosting tactics to consider:

Give praise

Everyone enjoys a little praise, and it’s one of the easiest ways to boost employee morale. Praise specific teams, but also praise individuals. Offer praise in front of others serves as both a morale booster and motivation for others.

Avoid criticism

Nothing squelches morale more than criticism or blame. When projects go awry, try using a less direct approach to help your employees learn and improve upon their mistakes. Instead of pointing the finger, ask, “Was that the best way to handle the problem? Do you have any ideas on what could have been done to improve the situation?” Then you’ll be able to talk through solutions without singling anyone out.

Throw corporate events

Enjoying events or activities as a group can go a long way. Schedule a golf outing. Plan a monthly happy hour. Hold an annual company picnic. These events with solidify team friendships. Just remember that scheduling several events near the holidays can be stressful for employees. Corporate events should be spread out throughout the year to have the most powerful impact on morale.

Allow everyone to be a leader

Highlight the strengths of each member of your team. Let them know that because of their excellence, you want them to be an example for others. You’ll raise the bar and rev up their motivation to maintain excellence.

Grant time off for side projects

Personal projects can re-energize and breakup the daily grind. They can also serve as a source of innovation for your company. Google for example, offers a unique program called “The 20% project” to encourage Google engineers to spend 20% of their time on a project outside of their typical responsibilities that could benefit the company. Image Credit: Pixabay

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