By Dennis Hung • March 16, 2018•Issues, Mentoring and Networking
Employee morale is crucial to your success as a business. The happier your employees are about coming in every day, the more effort they will make to perform their job duties. The better they feel about themselves, the better they will treat your customers. As an employer, you must be proactive in taking steps to boost their morale for your company and them. The following are three things that you can do to help.
1. Be Caring and Understanding
One of the biggest complaints that employees make is that they do not feel like they matter to the higher-ups. Some of them state that they feel like numbers to the organization. You can improve their experiences by doing things that show you care about them. Offering a trustworthy place where they can go for unofficial counseling or guidance when they need it is one way to make them feel like you care. You can also show them your concern by offering services to them that help to maintain their physical, nutritional or mental health. for example, providing them with nutritious foods or access to fitness centers can help.
Some things that you can do for your employees don't even require a huge effort or investment. For example, just a kind word like "Thank you" can make a person feel as if you appreciate him. That feeling motivates employees to do more in most cases.
2. Have Employee Rewards and Awards Ceremonies
Employee awards ceremonies can work wonders for the overall company morale. Nothing says that you appreciate and recognize them more than an award for the things that they do at the job. You can hold an annual awards ceremony and offer snacks and beverages to them. It could be lots of fun as it will give them the feeling of going out for a night on the town.
You can offer several types of awards, and they will serve various positive purposes. The years of service awards will let them know that you notice how long they have been serving your corporation, and it will make them want to remain dedicated for the duration. "Employee of the month" awards not only boost the confidence of the people who win them but also they cause the other employees to strive to be the best. They can be some of the most fruitful awards you can offer.
Attendance awards let your employees know how important promptness and dependability are to your business. Sales awards work the same way. They can encourage healthy competition among your sales staff and teams. It's one of the best things you can do to increase the standards by which your establishment operates.
3. Hold Weekly or Monthly Events
Weekly or monthly events can show your appreciation for your workers, and it can give them the opportunity to get out and do something meaningful. You may want to offer them a pizza party or an employee barbecue every now and again. It will be excellent for their socialization. They'll be able to get to know their fellow employees and may form some new friendships and alliances.
Bonus: Give Regular Raise Opportunities
A raise will always be a huge motivator. The opportunity to earn more money gives employees a reason to keep striving to be the best employee that your business can have. Failing to offer the opportunity can backfire and make some employees feel as if they are in dead-end positions. You could prevent that from happening by offering them periodic raises, even if it only happens once a year with their performance reviews. You'll be surprised at how much the morale jumps.
Those are just a few suggestions that can make a huge difference in the company's culture and confidence. Try those suggestions first and see how they affect your staff. You should keep them in the plan if they work. If they're unsuccessful, you can put your head together with some employee relations advisors and managerial personnel to see if you can come up with some alternative methods.