Tips for Boosting Morale in the Workplace
Whether you work in person or have a hybrid workplace, it is no secret that a good work culture and morale yield high productivity. Of course, many benefits come with working remotely, but some remote workers report feeling they lack a sense of belonging.
Improving the connections throughout an organization and the social bonds between colleagues is more critical than ever, and we’ll break down how to accomplish this in three simple ways.
1. Open communication. Creating a work culture of open communication is as simple as creating a channel where every employee can feel comfortable asking honest questions or expressing concern to leadership. In addition, open communication will establish a sense of comfort when speaking up during meetings and collaborations or asking questions. Beyond that, have managers organize one-on-one check-ins with employees to ensure each has a strong sense of value and trust in the eyes of managers and colleagues.
2. Establish employee recognition programs. Everyone in the company, from entry-level employees to executives, should be allowed to recognize and celebrate others’ contributions. Assurance that hard work is noticed and appreciated is one of the easiest ways to boost employee morale. Allow your employees to nominate others to be recognized for their achievements and send emails or other tokens of appreciation that publicly identify good performance.
3. Prioritize employee mental health. Since the pandemic began, stress and anxiety levels in employees’ personal and professional lives have been high. Ensure that your remote employees know how and when to unplug from work, saving them from burnout. Encourage your employees to take some time off, even if it’s not a planned vacation. Remind management and colleagues to respect and honor each other’s time off. Flexible work hours, regular breaks throughout the workday, and additional paid time off are great ways to prioritize employees’ mental health.
Boosting team morale is key to an organization’s health and longevity. Ultimately, policies, career growth, and learning and development will cultivate the highest morale. But these things can be accompanied by smaller efforts such as employee recognition and social events.
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