As a business executive, you are more than likely faced with the ups and downs in employee morale that come with changes in the season, in the economic climate, and the political landscape. It is more than understandable that the mood of an office can change easily, but it is important to remember that there is always something you can do about it. Do not blame yourself if your workers are not as productive, efficient, or happy as you have seen them in the past. Only blame yourself if you do nothing to improve the situation. Here are a few quick tips on how to boost employee morale right now!
First, ask yourself if you are letting your staff know they are appreciated. Nobody wants to come to a job, work for eight-to-ten hours, and then go home feeling like nobody has cared for them or for the work they have produced. How can you show your staff you appreciate them? Easy: just tell them. Either with a nice greeting, a nice lunch out, a simple note of thanks, or even an email letting them know how much you appreciate them being there will get you far in boosting morale!
Next, think about the physical dynamics of your office. We are not talking fancy Feng Shui, more about how much privacy each worker is offered. Do you have office screens providing an adequate amount of privacy, or is each worker thrown onto the floor in a mangled mess of phones, computers, and cords? Adding a few office screens or dividers to the place could create a more peaceful atmosphere. One of the huge benefits of office screens is that they quiet things down, providing a more calming atmosphere for today’s stressed worker.
Finally, try to give bonuses to your employees whenever possible. This might sound crazy: unless you work for a high profiting law firm or investment bank, dolling out huge end of financial year bonuses is probably not an option. And that’s fine: bonuses come in all sorts of shapes. What about offering high performing employees use of the company car? Or setting up bonuses that impact the whole group? If an important target is reached, why not take the whole team out for dinner, lunch, or drinks? Psychologists use positive reinforcement to induce their patients to perform, so why not start with your employees?
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