5 Ideas for Boosting Employee Morale

There will always be times when your employees need their spirits lifted. Whether they’ve been working really hard and are feeling run down or have been discouraged by some recent news, a lull in employee morale won’t do anything good for productivity. If your employees need some encouragement to do the job well, here are five ideas you could use.

Give Them Purpose

It’s easy to start feeling like your contributions don’t matter when you’re part of a large team. But, each and every member of a team is important. Sometimes, people need reminding of that. It can help to show your employees specific examples of what their contributions have achieved. Seeing the results of their hard work is a great way of encouraging them to keep going. For example, a customer service assistant may want to see the great feedback given from a customer they dealt with.

Always Reward Your Employees

For the most part, praise from an employer is enough to get an employee through a working day. However, being rewarded for a good job done will get far better results. Whether it’s treating a specific team to lunch or buying each and every employee online lottery tickets, rewarding hard work is a great way of telling your employees how proud you are of what they have achieved. Receiving a reward can make an employee reevaluate their attitude and reflect on the work they’ve done.

Be Flexible

There’s more emphasis than ever on flexibility in the workplace. No employee wants to be scared of approaching their boss when they desperately need time off. An understanding employer makes life much easier for employees. While you shouldn’t allow employees to walk all over you, there will be times when certain individuals need a little more flexibility, perhaps because of a family emergency. Employers need to maintain a content workforce. If employees know they won’t be chastised for having to put other aspects of their lives first, they’ll be more inclined to relax and work well.

Mix It Up

Do you usually have your staff meeting every Friday at 9am? Cancel it. Not only will it be a huge relief to most members of staff but it’s also different from the norm. Although routine is reliable and productive, it can also be downright boring and depressing. A bit of spontaneity in the office could be exactly what your workers need to sit up and take notice.

Healthy Competition

Sometimes, workers just need a bit of motivation to boost their morale. Nothing creates motivation like a healthy competition. How about starting a company football match and dividing the staff into two teams? The winners get to double their lunch break time. Or, why not get involved with an actual competitor? Create a team of your own and play against another business. It’s a great way of renewing determination in employees and restoring the need to beat the competition.

Boosting morale isn’t always easy, but when you need to, think about making the workplace into an environment everyone can enjoy.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

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