Improving employee morale is integral to the success of a corporation. Companies have been adopting new age tactics to have happier employees. Installing workout centers, taking naps, and shorter work weeks can work wonders for employee morale. Unfortunately, most companies will not undergo the initial cost of these improvements. So how can you improve employee morale in your place of work?

Listening, and reacting, to your people’s complaints, or just what they did over the weekend, will help to improve employee morale.

JAMES CHENIER

Listen

Listening, and reacting, to your people’s complaints, or just what they did over the weekend, will help to improve employee morale. Most managers have so much on their minds that they only partially listen to their employees. This will work against you. Employees need to have their concerns heard. You can either act on those concerns or tell them why you can’t. If you can’t, they will respect your honesty.

Compliments

Throw some compliments in with your criticisms. Most managers focus on the negative. This can lead to an employee rule, “No news is good news.” This should not be. Employees should be told when they are doing a good job as well as when they need improvement. People like to be told how they are doing. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and meaning. If you only focus on the negative, you will be feared rather than respected. Thank an employee for a job well done and it can go a long way to improving employee morale.

Contests

Everyone enjoys a good contest. The chance to pit your skills against your coworkers is an opportunity that most will jump at. This can be a good way to improve morale and productivity at the same time. This won’t win all of the employees over, but you will make some of them happy. It breaks the monotony of the day. It also shows that you are doing something for the employees. Contests can be spiced up a bit by adding the possibility of prizes, but this is not necessary. People like to compete, and by setting goals for them, they can see how they stack up against each other.

Levity

A little levity never hurt anyone. Lightening the overall mood of a work environment is up to the management. Smile once, and a while and your employees might start to smile too. Emotions are contagious, so the management should try to be happy. If the management is happy, or at least appears to be happy, the workforce will be happier.
Random Rewards
There is nothing better than walking into another boring work day and being surprised with a party. People don’t expect to be rewarded when they go to work. If you think that your employees have deserved a treat, give them one. Remember to tell them why they are being rewarded to reinforce their positive actions.

This will go a long way to building a good relationship with the workplace.

Flexibility

Sometimes you may have a situation where you will need to change how you do things to accommodate an employee. If they need to leave early for something that is important to them, let them leave. This will go a long way to building a good relationship with the workplace. Don’t do it all the time or people will start to walk all over you.
Improving employee morale is a lifestyle. You will need to change the way you act all of the time to make a difference. There is no magic pill to increase the morale of the workplace. Rewards and parties will only help for the short term. You will need to adopt these philosophies in everything you do if you want happy workers.

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