Company morale can make or break a business’s success. Here are some tactics to think about adopting for your workplace:
- Help employees feel that their work is more than just a job. One’s purpose can easily get lost in the day-to-day grind. Everyone wants to feel that his or her work has meaning.
- Invest in training — Get employees out of their ruts and let them take advantage of learning events.
- Be transparent with promotions — Let people know what opportunities are available to advance their careers. Let workers know what’s needed to level up.
- Be stingy with meeting time — Discuss the topic of wasting time in meetings company-wide. Talk about how detrimental meetings can be when they get out of control.
- Shuffle roles — Let employees jump from one department to another — encourage coworkers to educate one another on what’s required in their role.
- Redefine the work week — Initiate half-day Fridays or a four-day workweek. Ask employees whether they’re happy with the five-day week. Let employees know that you care.
- Creatively celebrate accomplishments. Take time to reflect on how much has been achieved. This helps employees appreciate their contributions.
- Grant time off to workers to pursue projects they’re passionate about. Personal projects can provide an energizing break from regular responsibilities, serve as a source of innovation, and maybe even spark new products or services for your company.
- Mix up your firm’s usual way of doing things. Depart from customary routine — for a quick boost in company morale. For instance, stage an indoor golf tournament. Give employees a break from the meeting / computer time cycle.
- Don’t forget to have fun. Play a monthly game — anything from Trivial Pursuit to Wii bowling matches could be fun. Consider offering rewards when staffers achieve certain goals — such as play days at local amusement parks or team-building events (like a scavenger hunt).
- Train employees to develop positive attitudes. Use videos with inspiring themes.
- Offer time away from the office to do some good — Build camaraderie through community service. Give employees paid hours to volunteer for a charitable initiative or organization. Departments can take on volunteer projects as a group.
- Remember your original goals for the company. Is your company living up to the standard you originally set for it? If not, push for change.
- Encourage innovation — Employees likely have valuable input – and are waiting for the opportunity to offer suggestions.
- Circle back after big projects — Pass on feedback before the next task is started. Let people voice any concerns about the outcome. Be collaborative — ask for one thing that worked and one thing that can be improved upon.
- Treat people like people — Put yourself in your staffers’ shoes. How might you respond to the feedback you’re giving?
- Showcase their trophies — Make workers’ achievements visible. Stand up for the team.
- Be the best example — Say what you mean and do what you say.
Positive experiences and impactful shifts can lead to change in the office and can boost morale.