Morale is one of the most important issues when it comes to performance, however, people often confuse the issue of morale and disposition with motivation. While it is true that a motivation such as a raise, a prospect of advancement or careerism can also drive a person to invest more in their work, however, this doesn’t give the same long-lasting passive boost to their performance. On the other hand, a good morale and proper motivation aren’t two opposite factors that you have to choose from, when, in reality, you need them both. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several tips on how to solve the first half of this problem and create and maintain a positive work atmosphere.
1. Think about everyone
One important thing you need to understand is that people in your employ sometimes have personalities that are polar opposites. This means that what’s good for one person may not necessarily be suitable for someone else, in fact, the thing that makes one of your staff members happy may be a living nightmare for someone else in the office. In other words, you need to think about the introverts and extroverts, as well. Due to the fact that it’s impossible to instill a scenario where everyone is equally content, what you need to do is allow everyone to personalize their own workspace.
For instance, placing an introvert employee in the epicenter of the room, without the cubicle system, might cause them a no small amount of discomfort. Instead, why not allow them to choose a workstation somewhere along the rim and even erect a barrier using framed photos, computer screens and pot plants. Moreover, this will make your office appear less generic and more unique. Not to mention that by giving your team an opportunity to participate in the design of the space, they’ll grow much fonder of it.
2. Make everyone feel safe
A workplace injury does more than just cause harm, potentially even causing a lawsuit against a company. It also causes a significant fall in morale around the office. The absence of an invaluable team member is something that’s incredibly easy to feel, especially if it is caused by a workplace injury. Now, imagine a scenario where such a thing was a frequent occurrence and if the whiteboard always stated a number of days without an injury in a single digit.
So, before we can even start talking about the improvement of the ambiance in the office, we need to ensure that everyone feels safe. Even if the accident does occur, which is possible even in the safest of environments, you at least need to make sure that the workers injury is taken care of in the best way possible, from both legal and ethical standpoints.
3. Celebrate small victories
One of the things that millennials hate the most about their jobs is the feeling that they aren’t making any difference or that the work that they’re doing doesn’t really matter. This is incredibly important, especially because millennials are currently the bulk of the world’s current workforce. The simplest way to get around this is to start celebrating these small victories. You don’t have to do anything dramatic, seeing as how just making a small ceremony for your staff after each successfully completed project might do the trick. It’s not about throwing lavish parties; it’s about sending a message that you value the work that people in your employ are investing.
4. Give your team members some professional freedom.
When you refuse to give any autonomy to your employees, you’re sending a message that you A) don’t trust them and B) don’t want them to grow as professionals. Think about it, driving with an instructor is an essential part of a learning experience but before you sit behind the wheel on your own, you can’t really say that you can drive, can you? Therefore, you need to learn how to let go of some of the control you have in the office and give your team some professional freedom. Just by showing them some trust you can achieve a slight boost in morale. Apart from this, the professional growth of your team depends on their ability to independently handle tasks that they’re in charge of.
While there are other techniques, hacks, tricks and methods that you can try out, the above-listed four are the most systemic and the most industry-independent. Some may suggest gamifying work experience, not every task and field of work can be gamified. On the other hand, protecting your employees, giving them more freedom, celebrating their successes and leaving no person behind are tricks that will give consistent results no matter what. As it happens, this kind of reliability is something that you need to build your business on.
Last modified: October 17, 2018