5 Simple Ways To Boost Morale in the Workplace
87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work, according to a study carried out by Gallup. The same study compared companies and discovered that the ones with highly engaged teams outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. In that light, a happy team is a key ingredient to business success.
It’s useful to remember that bonuses and raises aren’t the only incentives to spark engagement, and this study shows that increasing employee engagement results in:
- 41% fewer quality defects
- 48% fewer safety incidents
- 28% less shrinkage
- 65% less turnover (low-turnover organizations)
- 25% less turnover (high-turnover organizations)
- 37% less absenteeism
There are multiple effective (and inexpensive) options that create a healthy and happy working environment for all:
1. Company culture
A healthy company culture can work wonders in making employees feel valued. Successful companies put in the time and effort to build a culture that is beneficial to all, – both within and outside working hours -, one that blends professionalism and a sense of belonging.
You can arrange a myriad of activities, none of which have to be expensive, but all must take the employees likes and backgrounds into consideration, so everyone involved has fun. It could range from trips to cultural sites, football matches, costume parties, annual bake-offs, etc.
2. In good & bad times
It’s a real gesture to look after your employees when tragedy or illness strikes. To do this, leaders need to stay up to date with the events going on in employee’s lives, – good or bad – and respond accordingly.
Some workers have been known to do hospital visits, deliver meals, provide rides, pet-sit, clean houses and so on but even a get well soon card shows concern and appreciation. Going the extra mile for your employees at difficult times, might be exactly what they need, and of course it results in company loyalty.
Conflicts and dissatisfaction can easily arise due to the lack of communication. As a leader, you need to avoid that, by constantly communicating to the best of your ability with your team.
Employees admire and respect the employer more when they take the time to communicate with them properly, it truly makes them feel part of a team. It evokes confidence and trust in your organisation, and as supported by this study, better communication results in better engagement.
Repetitive tasks can take its toll on employees, and make them feel like they have reached a dead end. Even people who aren’t career-driven are still excited by variety and change. Chances are, the majority of your team will gladly step out of their comfort zone to learn a new skill or take on new responsibilities. It’s a win-win scenario, you push your staff they feel more engaged with their work.
They can vary between luxurious and useful, it depends on the disposable funds and the context of each company. Some invest in Netflix subscriptions, game rooms, gym memberships, childcare facilities or voucher schemes, etc. Perks such as these are wonderful, and they can make employees’ lives much easier, boost their creativity and motivation.
However, for small and medium sized business, perks don’t have to be expensive. You’d be surprised how much your personnel would appreciate the simplest of rewards.