7 Ways to Enhance Employee Morale

It’s been quite a year so far, hasn’t it? And we’ve only just hit halfway!

Workplaces have changed and evolved, and perhaps we have, too. But at the core, everyone is still just looking for a little more kindness and empathy from those around them.

How does that affect you at work? Well, the average person spends a third of their life at work, so making sure that it is a pleasant experience can drastically improve overall quality of life.

What exactly is morale?

Morale is the overall ‘feeling’ that your employees have for and about their work and workplace. Attitudes, motivation, satisfaction and confidence all fall under this umbrella. So does the concept of a work culture.

Why is morale important?

Happier employees are far more likely to be productive and give their tasks their all, compared to employees who are unhappy with their workplace or employer. Happy employees also create a positive work culture and can contribute further into making the environment a pleasant and exciting one. In the end, morale is part of a virtuous cycle!

How to enhance your company morale

Whether you are the owner of a business or a line manager, there is always something you can do to boost the morale in your workplace. Here are 7 simple tips to get you started:

1. Encourage work/life balance

The primary benefit of a healthy work/life balance is that it avoids exhaustion, fatigue and burnout. Secondary, but still of high importance, is that employees spend so much of their time at work as it is, and want to have time for their family, friends and hobbies. And this energises them to be able to give their best when they are at work.

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Frequent face-to-face communication shows your employees that you have time for them. This is a two-way process – you are able to communicate your needs to them, and they are able to communicate their needs to you. A fairly new practice is of something called a ‘stay interview’, whereby employers have regular interviews with their current employees to find out how happy they are, what they like, and what needs to be changed in order to ensure that they stay with the company.

3. All work and no play? No way!

The obvious and age-old solution for getting out of the office is a team-building day. But these can be few and far between. Give your employees a chance to socialise with each other and not only talk about work at work. This can be in the form of monthly lunch outings or bring-your-own braai days. It can even be in having an after-hours office movie club. This shouldn’t be compulsory like team-building, but rather there as an option for those who are keen.

4. Small, thoughtful gestures

It’s one thing to let your employees know that you have time for them, but it’s another thing altogether to show them that you care about them – that they are not just a number to you. For individuals, make sure you remember their birthdays or even celebrate their work anniversary. For the whole staff complement, little things like chocolates for everyone on Valentine’s Day or spontaneously buying ice-creams for the office on a hot day can really uplift the mood and the office vibe.

5. Be as transparent as you can be

Employees can feel unimportant or insignificant if only the big bosses know how things work or what the future plans are. This can create an ‘us versus them’ mentality. So as much as possible and within reason, show them the bigger picture and make them feel included. Information like this can motivate them to get behind the greater cause of the company with more vigour.

Plus, no one likes to hear big news when they weren’t expecting it. Imagine thinking that the company was doing great and then suddenly finding out that there are retrenchments on the cards because the last 6 months have been bad for the books.

6. Give credit where credit is due

For the most part, receiving criticism when you make a mistake is almost guaranteed. But why not also give compliments and positive feedback when your employees do well or make a breakthrough? Depending on your personality and that of the specific employee in question, this can be done in private, in front of the rest of their team or the whole office, or it can even be done on the company’s social media pages for the world to see.

Although the same cannot be said for negative feedback or constructive criticism, which is best behind closed doors to avoid humiliating or embarrassing your employees in front of their colleagues. This should also be done in an empathetic and respectful manner, and not in a way that can be compared to a parent scolding a child.

7. Upskilling as an investment

Having the mind-set that only perfect and complete people should be employed leaves no room for growth and improvement in any realm. Depending on your field and industry, there will be a variety of courses and workshops that your employees can undertake in order to upskill. Professional development doesn’t only have to be via official courses though. You can take a junior employee under your wing or assign someone to help them with areas that they are struggling with, too. This shows that you are willing to spend the time to let them garner skills which can help both them and you in the long-run. It’s a win-win situation!

Bonus tip: An environment that feels good

They say you should dress well to feel well, and the same can be said for how you dress up your office. A workstation should not make an employee sigh when they sit down at their desk, surely. Aesthetics and ergonomics play a big part in your employee’s overall mood, so whether you achieve that by adding bright colours to the work areas, using ergonomically-focused office chairs, or having a couch and popcorn machine in the break room, come to Workstation to make it happen with flair!

Remember, what you put in is what you get out. So do your part in spreading positivity far and wide to your employees and colleagues, and everyone around you.

 

About Workstation Office Furniture

Established in 1995, Workstation Office Furniture has a showroom and a factory in Port Elizabeth.

With the support of a very experienced team, Workstation Office Furniture is able to deliver any office furniture or office equipment to any destination in South Africa. All products are guaranteed and you can ‘Expect Great Service’.

Workstation Office Furniture also has a clearance store in Port Elizabeth, with an excellent range of new and discounted office furniture products.