Three FREE Ways to Improve Employee Morale
Here are three ways to increase morale in your employees:
- Show your appreciation. No matter the level of the employee, EVERY employee at EVERY level deserves positive reinforcement. Openly acknowledge successes within the team and encourage employees to do so amongst each other. Five minutes spent recognizing accomplishments (no matter how small they are) is an investment well spent in your team. Set a goal to positively acknowledge at least one employee every day.
- Show interest in your team as individuals and allow your staff to be human. Teams should know more about each other than just their job description. Spend 20 minutes having employees pair up and interview each other. They may be resistant at first, but by the end of the exercise, go around the room and have each person introduce one new fact they learned about the other person, I bet they will have loosened up. Knowing each other on a more personal level allows employees to build better relationships and feel like they are a part of the team.
- Welcome sharing of new ideas. People who feel their opinions are valued are more invested in the success of the company, because they feel more involved in the outcome. Obviously you cannot implement every employee’s idea but by keeping an open mind and allowing the feedback you may come across a few that positively affect not only morale, but also the bottom line.
*One last bonus tip: Keep a positive attitude no matter your mood that day. A quote I read recently really sums it all up: Attitude is Contagious - Would Anybody Want Yours?