Busy employees are all part of a successful business. And sometimes, stress and negative moments are inevitable. One of the most important elements to a great company, is employee satisfaction. The happier the employee, the harder they work, and the more loyal they are. There are many ways to boost office morale, it could be something as simple as going out for a drink with the team after work one evening a week, or it could just be having some delicious snacks around the office.
It is very important for each employee to be involved in the future of the business. Not only for themselves, but they could so help to generate fresh ideas which you may not have thought about. It may be that you are launching a new page on the website, or maybe that you are taking on a new client. Let your colleagues know. Your employees will certainly feel valued if they are included in important discussions about the companies future. Take their all important feedback on board. Ask your employees about their opinion and how they feel about the companies future. They may bring up very relevant points that you had not thought about. Take the opportunity to listen!
Team meetings are a great way to communicate with the entire business. Communication is key, whether you are part of a large organisation, or a small boutique business. Everyone must communicate. Whether you hold a daily, weekly or monthly catch up - your employees will appreciate being involved and getting a better understanding of the business as it stands.
All employees like to be recognised for their hard work. Most employees will go above and beyond what is expected of them. They may work out of hours, and on weekends in order to deliver high standards of work. A ‘thank you’ goes a long way, and your employees will be thrilled to see that you appreciate their efforts.
Try to keep a note of birthdays in your Outlook diary, with reminders. And do make the effort to wish them a happy birthday, just to show that you care. Your employees like to be valued. Take an interest in their outside life, it will be up to them if they want to keep this information to themselves. But they will still be grateful to know that you care.
You may have delegated a task to a particular employee - which could have been part of a larger project. When the project comes to an end, show said member of staff the outcome. This way they will understand how important their input was in the entire process and will feel extremely valued.
Company days out
These can be as expensive as you want them to be! You can pick and choose the activities, whether you want to take the team away for a long weekend for a team building exercise, or whether you just want to spend the day locally, getting to know each other outside of the office. You may even just want to go for dinner or even just drinks. Your team will loosen up when they have walked out of the office. They can step out of work mode and enjoy their colleagues' company on more of a friendship level. A company that works hard also likes to play hard! Give your employees that break they deserve.
When you are next looking to fill a role within the company. Think about your current team. Would a certain member of staff fit the role perfectly? Promotions are a great way to boost an employees confidence and they will feel as though you have faith and trust in them. Your current employees will know the company better than any outsider. Do take the time to think about how you could make a new structure work in the current work place.
Do try to offer training and coaching to your current employees. This will be beneficial to both yourself and your staff member. They will feel valued since you are investing time and money in them.
Delegate important tasks to your team. By giving them additional responsibility to their current role, they will feel their worth within the company. It will also display your trust in them and how you feel that they are capable. Again, your employees will be grateful for the opportunity to take on such tasks.
Give your employees targets, with rewards at the end. This could be an additional days holiday, or even money or gift vouchers. This will give each employee something to work towards. They will put their all into their work load if they know there is a perk waiting for them at the end. Incentives work extremely well to boost staff morale, and will help to generate more enthusiastic and passionate employees.
Clean office, clean mind
Ensure that your employees help to keep the office clean and tidy. No one likes to work in mess. By keeping desks and general office space - your employees will be more positive. Ensure that they do not leave rubbish, or even shoes under desks. Try to operate a ‘clear desk policy’ where each employee must tidy up before they leave for the day. They must clear paperwork away into a filing system, and take everything else home! A tidy desk helps an employee to work to their full potential, it can be a huge struggle to be productive when surrounded by paperwork and empty coffee mugs!
Some companies like to offer additional perks to their staff. This may be something as simple as leaving slightly earlier on a Friday afternoon, or by bringing in ice creams for the team on a hot day. Small things go a long way when trying to make staff happy. It does not take a lot, just the same as it does not take a lot for morale to go downhill.