Morale is defined by Answers.com as:“The state of the spirits of a person or group as exhibited by confidence, cheerfulness, discipline, and willingness to perform assigned tasks. It denotes a spirit, as of dedication to a common goal, that unites a group.” Morale can boost or kill motivation, drive and productivity.
Here are 10 quick points to improve and keep the morale in your workplace.
- Keep open lines of communication with employees. Make your expectations clear, be sure to listen for reactions and suggestions, and keep an open door policy with employees.
- Show appreciation – feeling valued can come from simple things like “please”, “thank you”, and “good job”.
- Work / life balance – acknowledging that there is a world outside of the office will help ease the minds of employees. Kids get sick, disasters happen, cars break down – bosses don’t have to be scary when dealing with these things.
- Inviting feedback fosters mutual respect and helps a manager get a well-rounded view for company policy and activities.
- Job expectations – make them clear from the start. This includes job duties, accountability, rewards and repercussions.
- Set the example by your own words, body language, and even your expressions. Start the day off right with a positive tone.
- Connect by making time for each person you supervise. Spend a few moments a day with each person going over duties, ask about questions or problems, and get the feel for morale.
- Providing employee development opportunities gives workers the chance to grow in their jobs and will help them work towards their career objectives.
- Monetary rewards and gifts can help employees feel valued and give them longer-term goals to work towards during the year.
- Team building activities can help employees get to know each other better and spend some time “outside the cube”. Have lunch together once a week; plan an annual department picnic; take a class or seminar together.
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