Low employee morale can lead to poor productivity and an increased turnover rate, ultimately impairing a business’ ability to reach goals. Over 40 percent of the American workforce admits that a lack of recognition is the top cause of unhappiness in the workplace. Any business worth its salt should understand the importance of establishing efforts to boost employee morale. A good supervisor will want to show compassion, but at its core, improved morale is good for business.
Incentive systems and raises definitely appeal to employees, but morale runs deeper than that. Though raises help pay the bills, they can’t make the daily grind any more enjoyable. Job satisfaction truly stems from an environment in which employees feel valued, respected and appreciated. Employees should be acknowledged as important members of the team; employees that feel as if they are disposable are likely to reflect those feelings in a shoddy performance.
The following is a list of ideas that can be used to improve employee morale at your business:
- Provide a suggestion box to allow shy individuals to contribute just as much as their extroverted peers.
- Have department meetings at least once a month to discuss successes, areas for improvement and long-term goals.
- Deliver positive feedback and recognition every time an employee performs a job well done.
- Partner with local businesses to offer employees discounts at nearby restaurants, dry cleaners, movie theaters, spas etc. It’s a win-win deal where your employees save a few bucks and local businesses attract more customers.
- Plan fun team-building events such as a company-wide game day or an employee-sponsored lunch outing.
- Allow individuals to host club meetings for book clubs, knitting clubs, gardening clubs etc. in conference or break rooms.
- Allow teams to participate in community service together. An afternoon every month or two gets employees out and about, which can reinvigorate their work attitudes.
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