The bottom line goal of every organization is survive and thrive. Productive, engaged and motivated employees are how these goals are realized. But how can you boost morale and improve engagement in the workplace?
Create an environment they love to work in, for starters. Encourage communication. Recognize and reward productivity. Offer advancement opportunities and participate in team building exercises. Get creative in what you do, but always remember that your business is ultimately comprised of people, who can easily lose sight of bigger goals as the daily grind wears them down.
You’re not Google. You’re not Apple. You’re not anything but the sum of the individuals who make sure your business continues operating. Instead of trying to dictate what the culture should be, recognize what you have with this unique set of people and foster it. Identify the people who just don’t quite fit and use it to determine what about others makes them such a perfect fit. The best thing you can do for your business is make sure that your team is connected.
Show employees how their actions fit into your business’s overall goals. If they know that what they’re doing is making a difference in some way, they’ll be more motivated to continue making that contribution. Involve them in planning and help them understand why what they’re doing—even the not-so-desirable jobs—are so important.
If an employee doesn’t know what is expected of them, or receives conflicting messages about what is, you’re setting them up for failure. Make sure your expectations are clear and that your employees understand exactly what it is they’re supposed to do. When you keep them consistent, they’ll be able to gauge how well they’re doing and where they can go above and beyond to surprise you.
A team that isn’t communicating well isn’t performing well. You’re part of the team, so make sure communication is two-way between you and your employees. Listen to what they have to say and make them feel understood, even if you’re unable to actually give it to them. Your employees want to be heard. When you don’t hear what they say, they may feel like you don’t care about them. And if you don’t care, why should they?
Invest in employee development and offer opportunities for growth whenever possible. Instead of bringing in someone new to fill a leadership position, look closely at your own team and see would be willing and able to fill that role and do it well. Leveraging the skills of your employees will benefit your business while giving them the opportunity to develop as employees and as people.
Have you ever gotten so tired of the same old same old that you rearranged your living room or painted your kitchen a new color? The repetitiveness and “sameness” of their workplace can be mentally exhausting and foster their sense of boredom. Changing the work environment can help break the monotony and keep everyone on their toes.
If your team the opportunity to show you what they’re made of. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to micromanage. Some of the best leaders are those who can step back and let their team try new things without stepping away entirely.
Being told you’re doing a good job is a simple but powerful motivator. Recognize the work that your employees do and show your gratitude. Celebrate your accomplishments and focus on positive reinforcement. Sometimes, there is nothing that can substitute a few well chosen, well timed and sincere words of praise.
We said it once and we’ll say it again. Employees are people. They’ll have good days and bad days. They have families. They have friends. They have hobbies. They have lives outside the four walls of your business. Respect that and remember that refreshed employee will always be more productive than an overworked one.
Support healthy relationships within your organization. Make employees accountable to one another rather than to you. Employees work better together when they are comfortable together. Team building exercises and celebrations are great ways to break the ice and bring them together.
Some people will never come out for happy hour no matter how often you ask them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something awesome that brings them closer to their colleagues. Catering Cold Stone for an employee birthday, team appreciate day, office holiday or “just because it’s Friday and we had an awesome week” is a fun and different way to bring everyone together right in your office. Check out our different catering packages or contact us today to schedule an event.