If your employees are dragging themselves to work every day and office banter seems like a distant memory, itâs 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 companyâs success, so you better start showing your appreciation.
Below is a list of simple, morale boosting tactics to consider:
Everyone enjoys a little praise, and itâs 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.
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, âWas that the best way to handle the problem? Do you have any ideas on what could have been done to improve the situation?â Then youâll 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. Youâll 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 âThe 20% projectâ to encourage Google engineers to spend 20% of their time on a project outside of their typical responsibilities that could benefit the company.
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