Morale is one of the most important factors in creating a highly motivated, efficient and productive workplace. No matter how great your process might be, it’s unlikely that your team will make progress if morale and confidence is low. There is a massive amount of content about raising morale available both online and off, some of it extremely useful. However, many morale raising tips aren’t helpful for most businesses or are prohibitively expensive to implement.
Luckily, raising morale doesn’t need to be an expensive process, not does it need to be something for which your business implements huge changes. The four tactics in this guide will help you raise morale and create a more productive workplace.
1. Reward employees for excellent performance.
It should go without saying, but most people will perform at their best when there is an incentive for them to do so. From commission systems to bonuses, offering some kind of reward for performance is a great way to raise morale and motivate people.
Rewards work for several reasons. First, they provide an obvious financial incentive for good performance. But they’re also psychologically beneficial, as a reward shows employees that you pay attention to their work and reward it when it’s excellent.
Many employers believe that commissions and bonuses need to be large in order to have any positive impact. The reality is that even a small incentive to perform well is hugely beneficial, as it provides team members with personal acknowledgement.
Does your business or organization reward great performance? If you need a way to motivate your team to achieve at its best, consider implementing a program to make sure employees receive a reward when they do well.
2. Make yourself part of the team and show that you care.
Many people feel as if their contributions to a business go unnoticed, either because they’re difficult to see as a result of their specific job, or that they get lost in the giant amount of activity that can occur in a large business.
As their contributions go unnoticed, they feel less engaged with their job and far less likely to work passionately. Their productivity, and their connection to their job, can slump as a result of these feelings.
The key to motivating employees and raising morale is to make it clear that you care about their work. Make yourself part of the team and get to understand what each of your team’s members contributes.
The greater your understand of each person’s job and contributions, the more you’ll be able to recognize when a certain person has provided value to your business, and the easier you’ll find it to acknowledge their success.
3. Don’t focus purely on results – let employees be creative.
Some businesses treat their employees like commodities, viewing optimal efficiency through constant work as their primary goal. They ignore the importance of creative thinking and structure their workplace for work, work and more work.
The end result is often poor productivity, low morale and talented people that feel starved of any opportunity to work creatively and put their ideas – which are often many – into practice.
Many of the world’s most productive and successful companies, paradoxically, aren’t all that focused on productivity. Instead of focusing on maximizing their workplace output, they let their employees creatively tackle the situations they face.
Do you give your employees the space they need to be creative? When you give your employees an opportunity to communicate and implement their own solutions, the results are often positive not just for morale, but also for your business as a whole.
4. Focus on the small changes that make all the difference.
Small signs that you’re involved in your team can make a big difference, especially in the modern work environment. From one-off perks to days out of the office, a small, interesting event or addition to your office can often have huge positive effects.
For example, if your team has to work around the clock to achieve a target and can’t spend much time out of the office, bring the comforts they’re used to into the office with them through food delivery or an interesting presentation.
If your team starts work early in the morning, start a morning coffee run to ensure everyone is perked up for the day. If you work with the same team all day, order a set lunch so that you can dine and chat together at the middle of the day.
Small ways to improve the workday can have a big impact on your team, and go an incredibly long way to building strong bonds. What small changes can you make to strengthen your team and improve employee morale?