Boost Staff Morale In 3 Simple Steps

January 29, 2019 3:56 pm

Every so often you may walk into the office to notice the mood is a little flat. This is ok if it’s once in a while, like the first Monday back after Christmas, but if this is the chronic vibe of your workplace, you need to do something to rectify the situation. A lack of morale within your staff team can lead to poor productivity, a worsening quality of work and a lack of desire to work hard. As an employer, you need to facilitate a productive, happy and positive working environment that your employees love working in. Take a look at these three simple steps that can help you boost staff morale.

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Communication

It’s important that you aren’t the sort of boss that locks themselves away in an office never to be seen. You need to have an open door policy where your employees feel comfortable to knock on your door and voice concerns or ideas, safe in the knowledge that they will be listened to.

Make it a point of business to have a weekly briefing to discuss priorities for that week. Generate a forum where your staff team can voice their ideas and make sure that you write them down, to prove that you are listening! Send out an email every Friday, and name check those individuals who have worked particularly hard or achieved something extraordinary that week. While it may sound school-like, people love seeing their name in lights, and it is a real boost to the rest of your team.

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Invest In Your Team

Having a cohesive staff team is vital to the success of your business. To make your team members feel valued, you need to show the willingness to invest in them. This doesn’t mean throwing tons of training, courses and qualifications at them. You need to create a bespoke training plan for every individual. This starts with the implementation of a tool like OKRs Performance Management Platform. By creating a personalised approach to performance management that each staff member can buy into, you will be boosting morale.

Ask your staff members what they want to achieve in their career. Sure, you run the risk of them taking the training and leaving to secure a promotion elsewhere, but make your workplace a dynamic place to be, and this shouldn’t be an issue. Investing in your team means that you will have an abundance of skills and knowledge in your team that you can utilise for the benefit of your startup.

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Environment

You would be surprised at just how much the beige tiles and brown walls can impact the mojo of your staff team. Whip out the white emulsion and give the walls a lick of paint. Put some greenery around the office and put up some local artwork. Invest in some better hardware and ensure that the photocopier doesn’t get jammed six times a day. Making the working environment more exciting will boost staff morale.

Forget the days of flat moods, and swap them for days of a dynamic and productive buzz by following this guide.

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