Due to the current down economy, most businesses these days are looking for ways to cut costs and increase their bottom line. And yes, saving money is a smart decision, but have you thought about helping your employees become more productive?
The reality is that an unhappy—or unmotivated—workplace will only cause productivity problems, hurt employee retention rates, and steal the “fun factor” from your company. So how do you improve employee morale without spending much money?
Well, improving employee morale doesn’t have to be complicated, stressful, or expensive. Here are some tips on how to go about it without putting your bottom line into flames.
Appreciate Your Staff Often
Employees who feel that their efforts are recognized and that their skills matter to the company are more likely to stay. They even feel motivated to work harder and climb up the ladder if there are more lucrative positions ahead.
This is why you should give a gift to your staff once in a while to make them feel appreciated, especially after huge milestones, workplace achievements, or even on special occasions.
Appreciating your employees often can actually be a great way to increase workplace productivity and improve your bottom line. Plus, you don’t always have to spend much in the process.
Allow Flexible Shifts – to Balance Work and Personal Lives
Finding a work-life balance can be challenging, especially when you’re the boss. Allowing flexible shifts is a great way to help employees take more breaks and feel less stressed about spending too much time at work.
You can start by giving employees a choice when it comes to their work schedule, so they’re not in a pressured environment all the time. It is also a good way to avoid no-shows or late-shows in the workplace without bringing in the need to hire new staff. And for what it’s worth, you can even allow some of your employees to work from home.
Offer Breakfast – At Least Once A Week
Most people enjoy a fresh start to the day with a cup of coffee or tea. You can offer this simple perk to your staff and feel more appreciated all around. A good start to the day will give them energy and help them be more productive throughout the rest of the day.
Why not think about having a break room or kitchen where staff can catch up and socialize during their breaks?
Ask For Feedback from Staff
Taking time to listen to what your employees have to say will be very rewarding for both you and them. In fact, it is mentioned in a past article by Mona Elhassan as one of the best ways to keep your team motivated in this age and day.
And it may not be such a hard task if you invite employees to come to talk to you and share their opinions. It’s also a good opportunity to make them feel that their opinions and input matter in the company’s welfare, thus boosting their morale.
Plus, feedback can be gathered in various ways, including during meetings, monthly surveys, or during periodic gatherings.
Support Their Career Growth and Personal Development
Another great way to keep staff motivated is to offer them opportunities for career growth and personal development. This will make them feel valued and eager to prove their abilities.
You could even offer them a chance to participate in a challenge and provide them with a sponsor to help them advance their education or career prospects.
Keep It Fun Through Team Building and Corporate Gatherings
Through CSR and team-building activities, employees get to socialize and create memorable times together. But it’s not just about having fun.
These affairs go a long way in boosting collaboration and teamwork, which are also essential in boosting motivation and morale in the workplace.
To sum it up, there are lots of ways to increase morale and motivation in your workforce. And it all revolves around making them feel valued, treasured, and happy working for the company.