Company morale can build or break a firm’s success. Here are some tactics to think about adopting for your business:
- 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 a higher purpose.
- Creatively celebrate accomplishments. Take time to reflect on how much has been achieved. This helps employees appreciate how much they have done.
- 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 instance, stage an indoor golf tournament. Shake things up so employees get out of the meetings-and-cubicle-life grind.
- Don’t forget to have fun. Play a monthly game — anything from Trivial Pursuit to Wii bowling matches could be fun. Consider offering fun rewards when staffers achieve certain goals — such as play days at local amusement parks. Team-building events can include 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. These tips definitely can help:
- Encourage innovation — Employees just might actually have valuable input.
- Explore noncash rewards — Employees are rewarded for hard work and can physically experience it in the form of a concert or trip. They’ll return to the workplace rejuvenated.
- 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.
- 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 companywide. 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.
- Be the best example — Say what you mean and do what you say.
Concrete experiences can lead to change in the office and can boost morale.