Workplaces are always looking for the edge to make sure that they are one of the best companies in their respective industry.
Aside from the product or service, employees will always be the forefront of a company’s success; which is why companies are now investing billions of dollars every single year in order to retain top talent and keep morale high.
Focusing on an individual’s job satisfaction is already difficult enough, but improving overall staff morale has become a more daunting task with the new generation of workers having some of the worst retention rates in recent history.
So here is how to improve staff morale by following these five simple steps:
1) Find What Motivates Staff
Knowing will always be half the battle, so in order to improve the staff morale, find out what motivates people the most.
Communication will always be key to improving relations with employees, so make sure that you are getting continuous feedback from every employee in different departments.
A lot of the problems faced by organizations comes from within so if you’re able to eradicate the problem before becomes major, you have already done your deed.
Motivation can come in two different ways:
So find what will intrinsically motivate your employees to keep pushing forward with innovative ideas. Allow them to have enough downtime to figure out what they really want to do within the organization.
Encourage them to go on vacation, lunch breaks, and have a lot of “me” time, so that they can have a clear mind and continue producing at a high-level.
People that are intrinsically motivated will want things like more say in a project, promotion, or even the ability to lead on something new.
If you have employees that focus primarily on extrinsic motivators, they will want to be rewarded with extrinsic perks like: a bonus, gifts, discounts, or a tangible item that will be rewarding for them.
Here’s a quick video that shows the difference between intrinsic motivators and extrinsic motivators:
It is up to your company to have an employee perk system set up for both these kinds of employees. So find what works and what is affordable, then continue growing.
2) Focus On Staff Engagement
Though many employee engagement platforms think that they have an algorithm to find what the overall happiness within a company is, people’s emotions are very hard to quantify, and so far, not one system has been scientifically validated as a way to improve engagement.
If you want to focus on staff engagement, there’s no easy way out.
You have to talk to the people and see what is going on in order to improve the cohesion and trust within a department. When going through the employee evaluation process make sure to talk to people about what is going on in the office.
The number one thing that employees are not happy within their workplace is their colleagues, specifically, their bosses. That is why people nowadays are not quitting their jobs, they are quitting their management.
So if a lot of employees are disgruntled over a boss who isn’t doing their job properly or is an imposing figure that is, quite frankly, a jerk. Address the situation. Create a sense of transparency in order to get things moving forward.
To sum it up, people within an organization already know the problems, they just might be afraid to admit it.
Make sure to have a judgment-free evaluation meeting in order to discuss some of things that maybe hindering work performance.
3) Allow Employees To Make Decisions
Crowd-source company ideas or decisions. The (fairly) new concept of listening to everyone has take it off because it has proven effective for companies of all sizes.
Allowing employees to help make decisions is a good way to improve staff morale because it proves that they have a say and how the company operates.
Your Employees will be the quintessential part of how your company works so why not give them the opportunity to help make the decision-makers make decisions.
Grab an idea management tool that will help quantify all this data and make it easy for your company make bigger decisions with the help from employees.
Even hiring decisions can be made with help from employees. Example: maybe you need help with a specific task and are not sure if you can outsource or delegate the task to a freelancer. Just asking employees if they could use a person down the road for more similar tasks continually, will help you make the decision to actually hire someone as opposed to just getting a freelancer or vice versa.
Sometimes employees will know best, it is up to upper management to determine whether or not they will need help from employees to make decisions.
4) Staff Performance Evaluations
The last thing you want is for an employee to feel like their work is just a job.
Everyone wants to feel like their job serves a higher purpose that is going through day-to-day grind just to pay the bills. In these evaluations make sure that the employee feels wanted. That the person serves an integral role within the organization.
Anyone can go out there and just do a job, but the best kind of employees are the ones that going there because they know that their work is appreciated and makes a difference for a larger group of people.
During performance evaluations, simply ask: what can the company do to improve staff morale. Of course, everyone will have a different answer in a different response, but the individual will always say what they would really like to see out of the company.
If the changes can be made, go forward, if not, just be completely transparent.
Either way, you’re being respectful to the individual and showing that you’re willing to make an effort in order to make sure that their work-life is fulfilling.
Evaluation should be used as a tool to improve morale. ideally, you want the individual conducting it to make sure that they’re taking notes in order to make any small steps to improve an individuals’, or, staff morale.
5) Get Feedback From Staff
The simplest way to improve staff morale is to constantly obtain feedback from them.
Do it at your leisure or even better just do it in an organized fashion. You could always use a tool to organize all your feedback in one place, but, the major key is to make sure that you are setting up an action plan to make the change.
Do not believe any nay-sayers that say changes not that good. Constantly evolving and changing is what drives innovation within companies.
So if your company leaves in the innovate or die mentality, make sure that you are always asking people for feedback to see what can be done better.
Don’t ever let your department plateau and when you feel that it’s kind of leveling out, make sure that you ask as many people as you can for feedback. More importantly, if you want to create a culture of productivity and innovation, make sure that it is reciprocal. Provide feedback when it is needed, or if it is asked from by your colleagues.
The knowledge exchange in giving and providing feedback will always help out, so keep it consistent and find a system that works right for you.
What do you do to increase staff morale?
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