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7 Ways to improve Employee Morale

Published on 10 Jun 2017

Morale in the office is a very important and often overlooked issue. Low morale can lead to poor performance, a lack of cooperation and increased staff turnover.

Effective leaders keep a close eye on morale and use simple methods to boost morale from time to time. We have come up with a list of 7 tips you might like to consider if your office needs a boost:

1. Mix up the usual way of doing things

Departing from the customary routine can go a long way toward building morale. For example, a team leader may bring in their Xbox/PlayStation (or Commodore 64 for the oldies!) into the office for Friday afternoon games after a long stressful week.

2. Take time to celebrate accomplishments

It is natural to focus on what is ahead rather than what has been achieved. Taking time to reflect helps employees appreciate what has been done and how much work it has taken to get there. On a regular basis (yearly, six monthly or quarterly) individuals or teams could be asked to provide a list of significant accomplishments. The lists can then be reviewed and celebrated as part of Friday night drinks.

3. Don't forget to have fun

Having regular team get togethers such as bowling (lawn bowls or ten pin bowling), mid year dinners, Christmas dinners, birthday morning teas and the like can help team bonding.

4. Offer time away from the office for charity

There are many charitable organisations that would love people to help with their activities. Organisations such as Meals on Wheels offer programs for staff to volunteer their time (during work hours) to help the less fortunate.

5. Encourage real lunch breaks

It is very common for white collar workers to sit at their desk and eat lunch without taking a real break. Staying inside, in the same location, is detrimental to productivity. Taking a break by walking outside in the sunshine can give you a spark to get some great work done on the afternoon shift.

6. Celebrate work anniversaries

Work anniversaries are relationship milestones between an employee and a company. Have a conversation with your staff members about the best way to honour work anniversaries. While you are at it, make sure to celebrate your company's birthday.

7. Encourage outsourcing and delegation

Employees often feel overwhelmed by workload and expectations. Encouraging staff to come up with ideas for more efficient ways of doing things whether by outsourcing tasks or by utilising technology more efficiently can make a big difference.

With the high costs associated with low morale in the workplace, it is important to invest time to help create a positive workplace and individual satisfaction amongst employees. This can go a long way to improving your company and the bottom line.