Employee morale is incredibly important. The level of morale in the workplace can impact productivity, safety, performance, creativity, number of leave days, and employee retention. When staff morale is high, everyone works well. You’ll find that some people will arrive early or stay late just because they love being at work and enjoy the tasks. Also, when morale is high, people pay greater attention to detail. Employees are less distracted and more focused which results in higher quality of work and a safer work environment.
Below are five ways to increase employee morale:
Recognize personal milestones and losses.
Individuals experience higher morale when employers appreciate them as people first and employees second. Respond as you would to a friend, with kindness and consideration. Seeing as how “78 percent employees spend more time with co-workers than they do with family,” a supportive community will go along way to fostering happiness.
Volunteer Days. Companies that participate in community involvement programs have employees that are happier with their jobs on a 2:1 ratio. It gives employees a chance to work together and build relationships and skills in a different setting. Everybody needs a day away from the office to recharge, why not do it in a way that increases the skills and happiness of your employees?
Celebrate work anniversaries.
Work anniversaries are relationship milestones between an employee and a company. “According to a survey from Globoforce, 82 percent of people would feel good if people noticed and recognized their work anniversary, but only 36 percent of people say a work anniversary made them feel valued.” Because everyone is different in how they like to be recognized, have a conversation with your staff about the best way to honor work anniversaries. And while you’re at it, make sure to celebrate your company’s birthday. It’s a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your mission while generating good feelings.
Give them a reason to believe. From the first interview, potential candidates need to understand and share in the vision of what you are doing as an organization. That vision alone will motivate and inspire your team. Let your employees know that what they are doing matters. One example for manufacturing in the region is that it provides 2.5 more jobs in other sectors. So your employees are indirectly helping to create jobs for other people.
Promote from within. When your employees see that there is room to advance their career within your organization, it speaks volumes. When you have a stellar team member, help invest in the training they need to advance as your company grows. One of the worst things to feel in a work environment is stagnant. Make sure your employees know how to advance their career with you.
The common theme in all of these ideas is caring, recognition, rewards and appreciation. These small steps can go far.