April is infamous for its showers. As a matter of fact, I can hear the rain pounding on the ceiling as I write this. It can be hard to stay positive and motivated in gloomy surroundings such as these. If your employees are down in the dumps, it can take a toll on productivity. Here are some easy ways to boost employee morale and pave the way for much sunnier days.
- Break the routine. If people are in a rut, the best way to combat that is to switch things up. This could be something as simple as allowing employees flex time in their schedules to restructuring office spaces. Stepping out from the cube and the routine meetings can go a long way.
- Provide room to grow. Most employees would jump at the chance to sharpen and expand their skills. Consider developing a professional development or tuition-reimbursement program. Not only will it empower employees and increase their self-esteem, it will also strengthen your workforce and make it more formidable in the competitive landscape.
- Strengthen the team. I’m not necessarily talking about trust-falls here. Put the ball in the employees’ court. Allow them to lead voluntary workshops in their respective areas of expertise. For example, an avid fisherman may want to plan a fishing trip, or a skilled actor may want to host an improv activity. Spending time together outside the typical work environment can do wonders for interoffice relationships.
- Clear the air. Sometimes employees just need to vent their frustrations before they can move forward with focus and aplomb. Huddle with your employees regularly to gain an understanding of not only their projects, but the areas where they’re struggling. Use this time to elicit employee feedback as well.
- Recognize and celebrate a job well done. It’s important for all associates to feel their work is more than just a job. They want to feel it’s contributing to something more—something significant. Consider asking each department for a list of significant team accomplishments at the end of the year. Choose the top 100 items and circulate the list in a fun format like a bound book or laminated poster. What a better way to feel accomplished than seeing a physical manifestation of your contributions?
What are your ideas for improving employee morale? Share them in the comments section below, and remember, it can’t rain all the time.