When employee morale is high, it’s beneficial to any work place as a whole. If you are able to boost the employee morale in any work environment the employees will call in sick less, be more productive and take more pride in the work that they accomplish. If you’re employees are happy, you as an employer are happy, with more efficiency there will be less money lost. Improving morale can be done in some pretty easy ways.
As humans we thrive on being accepted and appreciated. Showing appreciation with simple sayings like ‘good job’, or ‘very well done’ are easy ways to improve employee morale in the workplace. Stay in contact with employees in both positive and negative situations, refrain from only speaking up when there is a problem.
Being genuinely interested about how your employees are doing, and being positive will in turn create motivated positive employees. Being friendly and showing interest is never a bad thing. Taking time to learn your employees names and making the environment more personal will encourage the employees to want to help you out.
Social event such as company picnics or bar-b-q’s are simple inexpensive ways to make a sense of employee camaraderie. Setting up social events such as these and dealing promptly with conflict all improve employee morale. If employees feel lonely and unhappy they won’t be motivated or willing to go the extra mile to help, but if they feel socially connected they will be more cooperative and excited to work.
Humans as a species are greedy, it’s a fact, initiating a rewards program can often help productivity and desire to do a good job. After an employee produces a good outcome it may be rewarded with a gift certificate or cash bonus. Rewards can be kept a secret and be a surprise to the employee who did the best without even knowing, or announced as a competition for the next project. Along with being greedy, humans are also naturally competitive; having a goal to work towards creates excitement that spreads through the office.
Psychological tests have shown that work environment and atmosphere is correlated directly with the motivation and feeling of well being of employees in the office. Work environment is very important to keep in mind while trying to boost employee morale. An office with comfortable and appealing furniture and decor is one way of motivation people and improving morale among employees.
In work environments like factories, warehouses and repair shops, creating a nice workplace may be difficult. In these cases try sprucing up the break room or provide a relaxation area with couches, lounges, and TV’s to improve morale. Safety and comfort are two main working conditions important to any work environment that give a sense of security and boost morale.