How Do I Raise My Team’s Morale?
There’s really nothing as terrible as having draggy employees or team members, the negative vibe will definitely affect productivity. Do your employees look terrible and tired even before the day’s work start? Does lunch break now feel like a pre-funeral dinner?
The most apparent sign really, of low team morale, is less productivity. If they now achieve less compared to what they used to, you have to switch things up fast!
However, the low morale virus can either break or make company’s reputation, the best move is to keep a close eye on it and find quick solutions. Here a few tactics to help you motivate your team:
Take Time to Celebrate Individual Achievements
It’s only natural for one’s morale to sink if they don’t feel appreciated for hard work. In most cases, you don’t need to do something huge, a simple public or private appreciation would go a long way. You have no idea how far a few kind words of appreciation can boost an employee’s morale.
As much as you correct their mistakes and point out the shortcomings, you also have to recognize the good and give a positive feedback when they deserve it.
Say Thank You!
This is totally different from celebrating individual achievements, just say thank you as often as necessary even for the tiniest effort.
Switch Up the Schedule
- Every office has a usual way of doing things, it would be nice to change it up a bit. Actually, working with the same routine and from the same desk, every day could cause stiffness. Don’t just re-structure the schedule, re-arrange the office too.
Create Time for Fun
It is such a relief to break the boredom and get out of 8-hour work routine. It could be a festive period or just any other time, it could also be the weekend. If you don’t like the idea of giving your team a massage once in a while, you could throw a party or organize fun games at the office. A team that plays together, stays together!
Communicate With Your Team on Personal Levels
You don’t have to do this all the time, just a few moments while having lunch will do. Showing a little bit of concern will make your team members feel important and remembered to some extent.
Let Them Speak
When anyone is angry or pained, the first thing they want to do before accepting change or apologies is vent. They need to let it all out before opening up for a new floor. This could be done in a small group and if you’re attentive enough, you’d find out where the roadblock really is.
If Possible, Give Room for Nap Time
This is perfect for creative agencies! Get a room with a nice couch in it, everyone could have an hour to rest their brains after few hours of racking it. Sleep is a natural refreshing therapy and it works for everyone.
Grant Leaves When Necessary
Don’t be rigid with granting leaves, everyone needs a timeout to pursue their personal growth.
There’s absolutely no joy in recruiting staffs every time one messes up, the problem is probably the company culture. Your employees take directives from you, they do the work and if you succeed in keeping them happy, achieving long-term goals will be much easier. If you don’t want to offer monetary compensations (asides the usual pay), use positive words, they have great impact!