In case you’ve been living under a rock, the last few years haven’t been kind to most people. Between global pandemics, rampant economic uncertainty, and more, your staff have certainly been starved of good news. The thing is, your people spend more time at work than they do at home, which means that you have a part to play in their happiness and well-being. An unhappy workforce will have reduced productivity and will be more likely to look elsewhere to address their mood.
If you need an uptick in morale, here are some simple tips that you can implement for a quick impact.
Make health and safety a priority
Health and safety are more important in the workplace than ever before. Not only is it a legal requirement, but it gives you a competitive edge and it plays a direct role in the mood of your workplace. If you aren’t taking steps to make your workplace as clean and as safe as possible already, this year is the time to start. The quickest way to achieve this is by enlisting the services of a facilities management company. They will be able to provide regular cleaning, effective security measures, and much more. Doing so will show your employees that you care which can only improve their outlook and morale.
Consider hybrid working
Over the last few years, we’ve learned that traditional ways of working aren’t always the best. Whilst it may not suit every business, hybrid working is something that will certainly be popular with your staff. Adopting a hybrid working model will allow you to give your team more flexibility but it doesn’t stop there. With fewer people in your workplace, you may be able to reduce its size, allowing you to save on your operational costs such as your lease and overheads.
Encourage a healthy work-life balance
A healthy work-life balance is not only good for your staff but your business as well. People with a good work-life balance perform better at work, which means that your business will benefit. Some simple ways to address imbalances are:
- Compulsory lunch breaks that are honoured by leaving desks and meeting free windows. This encourages your team to take a break and refresh for the remainder of their days.
- No meetings or emails outside of working hours. This may take time to implement, but work should be kept to contracted hours in all cases.
- Meeting-free days. Setting a day in everyone’s diary where no meetings are allowed can help free up time for your staff to complete their given tasks.
- Raising awareness about mental health, the importance of breaks, and giving your team tools to take care of themselves.
No one likes to feel that they aren’t appreciated. If this is the mood amongst your team, you need to act fast! Take the time to say thank you to your team through emails, shoutouts in meetings, bonuses, gifts and more. People who feel appreciated will always extend that gratitude back to their employer.
This post certainly doesn’t cover every method of addressing low morale, but these tips are the best place to start.