When a team’s morale is high, its members will typically be eager and enthusiastic and want to take on whatever they can to help one-another and/or the business. But the ramifications of Covid have left employees feeling flat and fearful for the security of their jobs. If staff morale is at a low-point in your team, we give you some pointers that are designed to give everyone a lift.
Don’t attempt to hide problems or avoid conversations when morale is low. You have to remain transparent to boost staff morale. Your employees will respect honesty while you work together to fix any issues. Inform them about company updates, new protocols, customer feedback, and more.
Share positive company announcements, like a new product in development or a glowing customer review. Check in with your employees on a frequent basis, ask them:
- How are you feeling about your job/manager/co-workers?
- Are you facing any challenges? How can I help?
- Are you happy at work? How can I help?
Try to provide open, regular communication about issues and achievements that are important to your employees.
3. Give Employee Recognition
Workplace recognition motivates, provides a sense of accomplishment and makes employees feel valued for their work. When staff feel appreciated, it boosts their engagement with the business, but it has also been found to increase productivity and loyalty to the company, leading to higher retention.
4. Get Employee Feedback
When you show employees that you’re listening, they will feel heard and are far more likely to be motivated. But it isn’t enough just to collect feedback, you need to act on it as well. Even if you don’t implement each piece of feedback, be sure to thank your employees for sending in their thoughts and suggestions.
5. Offer Employee Growth
Boost employee morale by giving them a sense of purpose so they have a goal to work towards and something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a job promotion, instead, you can send them to a course or conference (even if its online) to improve their professional skills. Employees want to feel a sense of growth to be truly motivated.
6. Train Managers
Be sure to train all your managers in emotional intelligence, communication, giving feedback and recognition, and different leadership styles.
Managers can directly impact engagement and morale, so investing time in training them is one of the most important strategies for fixing low morale.
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