What’s The Latest Thinking On Boosting Staff Morale?
If you’re a business owner, you know how important the general mood at your company is. If your business is in a good place, staff are productive and engaged. If you’re in a bad place, they’re downtrodden and out of touch. Most owners have a sense of which type of workplace they work at thanks to the various cues in the workplace. Eye-rolling, low collaboration, and high turnover are all signs staff morale is in the gutter.
The best way to solve a low morale problem is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control. A bad attitude, like a good one, can be infectious. Here we’re going to look at some of the latest thinking on how companies can boost staff morale.
Crowd-Source Company Getaways
Company outings are famously anticlimactic. HR departments organize some official outing or away day. But because it’s not actually chosen by the people on the ground, it can fall flat on its face. Instead of letting HR get it wrong, why not source outing ideas from the staff themselves? Get each person in the company to anonymously write down their thoughts. Then get the whole team together to vote on which outing idea they’d most like. Allowing employees to choose which reward they get gives them a sense of agency. And it helps them to feel more invested in the company.
Recognise Personal Achievement
It turns out that if you really want to motivate employees, you have to treat them like people. (No surprises there). And one of the best ways to do that is to recognize achievement. A simple note may be all that’s required in some situations. At other times, it may be appropriate to bestow corporate awards of some kind. Whatever it is, the response to personal achievement should be considered and genuine. Remember, 78 percent of employees spend more time with coworkers than they do with family. And so they way that they are treated goes a long way to improving their happiness.
Get Serious About Lunch Breaks
Right now, there’s something of a lunch break crisis in the workplace. The evidence reveals that only about 1 in 5 people actually take a lunch break. And that number is lower for white-collar workers stuck in offices.
This might sound like good news. After all, more time spent in front of the computer means more work done, right?
Unfortunately, skipping lunch has negative consequences. Management Professor Kimberly Elsbach argues that staying inside at a desk is hurts creative thinking. People need to be relaxed and moving around if they’re going to be able to do their best work. Th advice? Get managers and other senior figures to take lunch breaks, and encourage the rest of the office to do the same.
Crackdown On Email
Email isn’t just bad for productivity. It’s bad for employee health. According to research, employees experience elevated blood pressure after reading emails. And it’s all because emails induce stress.
Software solutions like Trello and Asana help reduce emails and hopefully stress as well.