Ways to Boost Company Morale
Employee morale is the outlook, satisfaction, attitude, and confidence that team members have at work. It's a reflection of how healthy company culture is, how well employees are supported, and how engaged employees are. It reveals the workplace mood.
It is no secret that employees who are happy and satisfied with their jobs are more productive at work. Low morale can have harmful ramifications for a company's productivity, income and growth, so it's important to understand how happy your employees are. While employers can't give employees positive morale, they are powerful contributors to employee morale.
1. Conduct Anonymous Surveys
An efficient way to monitor employee morale without using too many resources. Employee morale surveys are not just another gimmick. These surveys can provide essential feedback that can lead to measures being taken to increase productivity and employee morale.
Ask the right questions. Ones that will provide managers with valuable information that offer useful insights. To ensure you get honest feedback, encourage employees to speak their minds by informing them that the surveys are anonymous. Make sure that you have a scale to determine from the responses if morale is low or high.
Of course, the surveys are useless if nothing is done with the feedback. Take all the opinions on board and make improvements. Take action to rectify the common concerns. If employees have reasonable complaints or grievances regarding the workplace - could be hygiene, lack of choices in the pantry or slow internet connection, make sure that these issues are solved.
Doing nothing will show the employees that the surveys are a waste of time and that their voice is not heard. Avoid these negative ramifications by allowing employees to know that you care about meeting their needs.
2. Provide Managers with Tools to “Coach”
Managers directly impact the morale and engagement of staff who are in their team. Encourage managers to have an open-door policy. Giving employees the chance to be heard elevates the overall mood in a company and increases feelings of engagement. Developing open door policies encourages open dialogue between team members and leaders. Listening is stage one. Equip managers with the right training to monitor morale and give feedback and recognition as a leader.
Managers should create a growth plan with their subordinates. Work closely with the team to find out individual goals and aspirations. While doing so, and having conversations, learn to recognise the potential in your employees, and encourage them to achieve it. Through close monitoring and constructive feedback, help them to pave a path to achieve their goals.
At the same time guide them to meet the organization's goals and their goals. Give employees the opportunity to be stimulated, challenged, and engaged
3. Give Out Rewards and Incentives
Allow your employees to feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. Doing a little something to say thanks can go a long way in boosting morale. Having a reward program is a tremendous example of employee recognition and a powerful tool in fostering both teamwork and friendly competition. Implement cash incentives or other perks as a company-wide procedure in order to recognize employees who have done well for the month/quarter. Team rewards can also be given to encourage better cooperation.
Do not stop these incentives or lessen them during remote working. Employees can feel disengaged while working remotely. Employers should be doing more to boost morale instead of lessening initiatives. Incentives and rewards act as a great buffer to keep employees engaged and motivated even while times are challenging.
Find other ways to keep your employees happy during work-from-home. Don't be afraid to talk to them and see what they want. Offer learning opportunities. They can be provided with classes that they can access for free or at a reduced cost. A timely gift such as a welfare pack or a classic gift card can also make your employees feel appreciated and recognised.
The line between employee morale and productivity is not a dotted one. There are clear ways in which you can create a safe and comfortable environment for employees to do meaningful work for your business today.