Employees with low morale drag themselves into work. There is no laughter in the office. Everyone acts serious and in a professional manner – right up until they leave the office. Which is what everyone waits for anxiously. Low morale equals less productivity, worse cooperation and increased turnover— especially of high-quality workers who can’t wait to use their skills elsewhere.
Only 15% of all employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs. But this doesn’t have to be the case for your business. Creating high levels of morale and engagement in your employees is a somewhat complex task, but not an impossible one. Besides raises, bonuses, and benefits, you can boost your employee morale internally, through letting them have an impact on your business, giving them time to chase personal quests and organizing fun parties for them. Here are some of the top-picked ways to boost employee morale.
Give time off to your employees to chase projects they are passionate about
Your employees might have some personal projects they would like to finish. If you give them time to pursue them, those projects will provide them with an energizing break from their daily activities, while acting for your company as a source of innovation.
For example, give your workers one day where they can work creatively on any project that excites them, as long that it is related to your products, services or processes. They can also work on this until the beginning of the next workday, in which they can present them and show them off. Maybe between those dozen projects, there will be a few that your business could use to improve its processes.
Search for feedback
Being open and straightforward makes your employees open and sincere in return. If you give them permission to offer feedback and to contribute to your company in a positive way, they will be more motivated and engaged.
For instance, create a survey to elicit feedback from workers on a broad set of issues. Next, create volunteer teams to resolve some of those problems. Brainstorm other ways to incorporate regular feedback into your company culture, like having more open, face-to-face communications or creating an email address for sending anonymous feedback.
Organize fun team building events
Although called office “parties”, many workers fear these events and often go only because they’re required to. Everyone likes free drinks and lunch, but people often feel awkward at office parties and there is rarely any meaningful socializing, mingling and engagement in them.
Remember to make it fun. Hire party entertainment where performers can mingle among the crowd instead of performing in just one place to foster more socializing and mingling among workers themselves. Such opportunities further encourage workers and make them feel like their managers care about them.
Parties that turn out great and are remembered as a fun experience increase the employees’ satisfaction, engagement and moral, create trusting relationships between colleagues and instill a sense of pride in your workers.
Allow your workers to impact your company
Employees feel motivated when they have a direct impact on the success and the direction of your business. Listen and implement your worker’s suggestions, from top to bottom.
Employees that directly work on many business processes usually have a sense of what needs to be changed in their work roles and in the company so that everything can flow more smoothly. And this will also serve as a high morale booster.
Give surprise gifts to the workers when needed
Regularly coming to the same office to sit at the same desk over and over again will make even the stoutest workers feel disengaged. If you sometimes surprise your employees with a few well thought out presents, they may experience more motivation and engagement on the job.
It doesn’t have to be big, it can be something as simple as a free lunch or a smoothie.
Celebrate their work anniversaries
Worker anniversaries can represent relationship milestones between the workers and the business. Most of us feel good when people notice us and recognize our work, and the company environment is no different. But you have to make their work anniversaries something that will make them feel valued. Discuss with your employees what the best ways of honoring their colleagues for work anniversaries are.
While on this subject, celebrate your business birthday too. It can be used as a valuable opportunity to reconnect with your business values and mission while being a fun experience at the same time. Employees should always spend more time together outside of work in a fun and engaging way.
In conclusion, remember to offer something more meaningful to your employees than just wages and numbers. When they feel like they are contributing to your business, that their feedback and suggestions are appreciated and they have fun in a place where they spend eight hours every day, they will be more motivated and engaged. Create a meaningful bond between your company and them, and they will be loyal.
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