The summer months can be a tricky time for employers. Members of staff are likely to be jetting off on holiday, and those left holding the fort can feel demotivated and restless.
Let’s be totally honest here – when the sun is shining, most of us can easily think of dozens of things that we’d rather be doing than sitting at a computer in a stuffy office.
When we think about ways to give morale a boost, it can be tempting to fall into the trap of thinking that a big difference can’t be made without splashing a whole load of cash.
And it’s true that if you’re serious about creating a positive workforce that really excels and gets things done, you can’t ignore the fact that you’re going to have to do some strategic work.
Sometimes though, thinking outside of the box can provide you with plenty of inspiration when it comes to breathing some fresh air into the workplace. There are many things that you can do this week that can lift spirits.
Here, we’re going to talk you through ten morale boosters that you can implement straightaway to make a real difference to your productivity, output, and the general mood and feel within your business.
Pick a couple, and get to work. You might be amazed by how much difference they can really make!
- Say thank you: Think that boosting morale is about huge gestures and complicated initiatives? Think again. Never underestimate the value of thanking your staff for their contribution. This might seem like simple common sense, but it’s something that’s often overlooked in the busy day-to-day running of a business.
- Support a local charity: There’ll be causes that are close to your employees’ hearts, for a variety of reasons. Think about how you can support charities and get your staff involved in some fundraising activities. From bake sales to sponsored walks, there are many options that you could pursue.
- Work out what your staff really want: It’s easy to jump to the assumption that a pay increase is what will really make the difference. Often though, this isn’t actually the case. The best way to find out what you staff are looking for? It really couldn’t be any simpler. Ask them. Formal staff surveys can be useful in many instances, but you don’t have to make things any more complicated than they need to be. Next time you’re catching up with your staff, ask questions about what they’re currently dealing with, what their biggest challenges are, and how they think improvements could be made.
- Team up with a local gym to provide complimentary fitness sessions for employees: At this time of year, many of us are thinking about how to improve our health and fitness. And of course, wellbeing is vital if staff are to make a solid contribution to the business. Consider how you could create a partnership with a local gym or fitness facility to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. Involvement should never be compulsory, so take into account personal preferences, and don’t make staff feel obliged to get involved.
- Encourage lunch breaks away from the desk: In many businesses, lunchtime involves a sandwich hastily eaten in front of the computer. This can decrease creativity, and leave your staff feeling lethargic. This week, ask your managers to lead by example by taking a lunchtime walk, or checking out a new local café, and invite their staff to do the same.
- Order ice cream for everyone: Everyone enjoys an ice cream when the temperatures are soaring. Get in touch with a local supplier and treat staff to a cool treat during their lunch break.
- Let creativity shine through: Creativity is something which should be harnessed and encouraged in the workplace. So what can you do to shake up day-to-day routines and inject some creative thinking? You could introduce art-and-craft related activities into the canteen, bring in a karaoke machine, or encourage a little friendly competition with a prize for the most inspired new idea.
- Introduce a short daily meeting: Email can be a wonderful tool for communication in the workplace, but there’s no substitute for face-to-face discussion. Try holding brief ‘huddles’ at the start of every day, so staff can get a feel for what everyone else is working on, and be reminded that they’re working towards a common purpose.
- Take work outside: When the sun’s shining, consider whether you could encourage staff to enjoy some outdoors working. Of course, you may have to tread carefully if your staff are handling sensitive documentation, but a little forward thinking can often go a long way. Don’t write ideas off completely just because there may be some hurdles that will have to be overcome.
- Allow employees to enjoy a short nap: Sleeping on the job is typically frowned upon, for obvious reasons. There’s a ton of research though that suggests that a short nap during the working day can rejuvenate staff. Consider whether you could encourage workers to take a brief snooze on a comfy couch.
There’s a huge amount of value that can be taken away from trialling and testing different initiatives to boost morale. Every business is different, so it’s really important that you take an approach that works for you, and gets the best possible results.
Of course, quick fixes can be really effective, but they should never be used to overcome problems that are more deeply rooted in a company’s culture. If low morale is a serious problem and it’s having an impact on your bottom line, then work needs to be done at a strategic level to make changes.
Businesses often go through stages in terms of how they engage their staff and keep them working towards their bigger vision, so if things aren’t quite clicking the way you want them to be, the first step is to recognise that something has to change.
From here, you can start to look at what really needs to be done to move forward in the best possible way.
If you’re concerned that low morale could become a serious problem, then you need to take action right away. Get in touch today, and we can arrange to have a no-obligation discussion about your options. Having a professional on your side can help you to get back on the right track as quickly as possible, so don’t wait around!
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