Employee morale is defined as the satisfaction, outlook and feelings of well-being an employee has within a workplace setting. Proven to have a direct impact on productivity, it is one of the cornerstones of business. Employees who are happy and positive at work are said to have high employee morale as opposed to companies that maintain employees who are dissatisfied and negative about their work environment are said to have low or negative employee morale.
Symptoms of Low Morale Employee:
- Lack of cooperation: When office morale is low employees are generally less likely to work well together and maybe less willing to accept complex or burdensome tasks from higher up the corporate ladder.
- Few personal conversations: Friendly conversations aren’t a necessary requirement for successful business operations, but scarcity of personal communication could be a direct symptom of low morale.
- Rare personal initiatives: If you have noticed within your business that not as many of your employees are taking better initiatives to better the company as a whole it could be a major sign that morale has reached a low.
- Increased rates of turnover: For this sign, you’ll have to look at broad trends – a higher number of people leaving could be a major sign that morale is dropping.
- Overall poor performance or attitude: This is one that can be overlooked and more obvious when changes are gradual. Are your employees doing less than they used to? Is negativity more rampant than it once was?
8 Quick Tips To Boost Employee Morale (via Inc.com):
(1) Recognize individual and group achievements: Morale tends to sink when people feel their work is not being recognized or appreciated. When employers look to reward their employees for consistent hardwork, they think of offering raises, promotions, or new benefits but smaller-recognitons can go a lot further and cost a lot less. Congratulate the employee personally and publicly. Your goal should be to create an environment where people realize their work is appreciated.
(2) Make time for fun in the office: “work” and “fun” are not mutually exclusive terms. You can inject some regular fun in the workplace without immediately ruining your chances of a perfect day. Break the day up with a little fun in the workplace without immediately ruining your chances of a perfect day. A brief, few minutes away from the desk can improve productivity. Another way to boost morale is to have your company participate in various team building programs.
(3) Allow time for personal projects: Even if their position is a manifestation of their personal passions, grant your employees time to pursue individual passions so they’ll maintain visions and passion much longer.
(4) Change up the routine: Morale can sink when the office starts to feel like a robotic institution. Changing up the routine can have a dramatic effect on morale even if the changes are temporary and subtle. Any break from the routine can be positive for collective morale.
(5) Celebrate personal milestones: Your employees haves lives outside of the office. Celebrate personal milestones because doing so not only makes them feel like they are a part of your corporate family, but little things can make a big difference.
(6) Promote your own: Make sure to promote your own employees from within even if it is going to take extra training.
(7) Inspire positive attitudes by being positive: The best way to encourage positive attitudes throughout the company is to carry a positive attitude yourself. Positive mentalities are contagious and compounding. Make positive comments, walk with a smile on your face, and personally greet people when they arrive to work. Employees will be more likely to do the same things to their co-workers, and before you know it you’ll be nurturing a collective environment of positive employees.
(8) Open the floor: The biggest morale booster you can offer is letting your employees know that their voices are heard and respected. Take time out of your day to ask your employees how they feel about their assignments, to asking about their concerns and or frustrations. Keep your employees happy and motivated.
Do you have any tips for boosting Employee Morale?
I’m Michael Carroll – business enthusiast, student and currently TeamBonding marketing and sales intern. This fall as part of my internship I will be focusing on increasing SEO traffic and analyzing sales processes. In my posts, I’m going to be sharing some of my young, but wise expertise and bringing you behind the scenes. I’ll be posting blogs on what goes on during these activities while using my observations to share my experiences. This time team building came to TeamBonding with ice sculpting.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This week I went to a Versagility event.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Polaroid Scavenger Hunt.
Memorial Day reminds us that summer is close but don’t forget what the true meaning behind the day is! Memorial Day can have different meanings for everyone. Often times, people use this day as a celebration for the arrival of summer. Cookouts, family reunions and a 3-day-weekend are all a blast but they can take away the importance of what the day truly signifies. While you celebrate good food and loved ones, don’t forget to pay your respects to those who have died fighting for our country. Pause, reflect and honor.
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As September 1st approaches, my mind drifts back to Harry Potter* yet again. I remember being a child and preparing to go back to school – but wishing that I could instead be catching the Hogwarts Express and heading off to some grand adventure. If you read our last blog post, you know that there are many lessons from Harry Potter than can be applied to our real lives. So in honor of the impending date of the return to Hogwarts, here are 7 more things you can learn from the Harry Potter books.
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June 26th, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter* book. In the two decades since it’s release, this series has gone on to become a cultural touchstone for millions of people around the world. As with many morality tales, the Harry Potter series focuses on the struggle of good over evil.
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