Identifying poor employee morale is the easy part. It’s fixing it that’s the challenge. So, where do you start?
We’ve surveyed more than 19 million employees about their experiences at work. And based on that research, we’ve got some ideas that will help your improve workplace morale at your organization.
Let’s get right to business with some key ways to raise spirits and get your culture working for you rather than against you.
1. Recognize and appreciate employees.
Who — and what — you celebrate tells your employees a lot about the kind of culture you have and the kind of culture you want. When frequent and genuine appreciation is modeled every day from the top down, you’ll create a culture that people want to be a part of and contribute to in every way.
2. Value a culture of open-mindedness.
If you want to raise employee morale, your culture must welcome input from all sources, regardless of internal conflicts. It’s the difference between employees that just follow orders and a culture that actively encourages debate and fresh perspectives. When you have many people and perspectives united toward one mission, that’s when employee morale soars to new levels.
3. Enable and empower employees to work to their full potential.
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4. Managers care about employee concerns.
People spend the majority of their waking hours at work, and of everyone they interact with, their manager has the biggest impact. It’s essential to employee morale that managers care about their employees as individuals and show genuine interest in their concerns.
5. Last, but not least: Don’t forget to have fun.
Fun encourages creativity, productivity, and teamwork. It promotes bonding and a positive culture where employees are better connected to your organization. Fun is a great stress reliever, and it gives people something to anticipate. And beyond boosting employee morale, fun at work may even help your organization attract and retain top talent.
Before you seek to change employee morale, seek to understand it.
Still not sure what’s been causing employee morale to take a dive?