Encouraging Your Employees

As a business owner, manager, or executive, keeping office morale high will be one of your top priorities. Focusing on employee morale will motivate your team members, increase your level of retention, and make your business a desirable place to work. There are many ways in which you can encourage your employees, both personally and as a group, to keep morale high. Below are a few ideas to consider.

Communicate

Regardless of your years in the industry and your level of expertise, your team members need to feel as if they are part of something bigger than their day-to-day tasks. One of the most effective ways to ensure that they feel special is to invest time and energy into effective communication. This includes communicating measurable goals and expectations, defining areas of opportunity, and reminding your team members when business is going well.

Great communicators are also great listeners. It is important to listen to new ideas, take note of flaws in procedures and operations, and to take the time to listen and learn who your team is and how they process information.

Support Work/Life Balance

As an employer you appreciate your team member’s hard work and dedication, and you should thank them for all they do by supporting their work/life balance. You can do this by offering competitive paid time off in the form of vacation days, personal days, and sick days. You can also support this by offering flextime, flexible work hours, or the ability to work remotely. While working remotely may not always be feasible, letting certain employees work from home on occasion can boost morale and make your business a great place to earn a living.

Provide Room To Grow

Your employees spend 40 or more hours per week working for your organization, and without consistent growth and development opportunities, they can become bored or be enticed to move on to a company with more room for growth. To show that your organization supports internal progression, promote from within whenever possible. You should also have a system in place for identifying what direction your employees would like to grow, and support that growth with development plans and internal and external training and seminars.

Celebrate Achievements

Everyone in your team plays a vital role in your company’s success regardless of their position or title. From your receptionist to your high-level executives, everyone adds value. To thank your team for all that they do, celebrate their achievements both small and large. For minor successes, such as staying late, jumping in to contribute on a late project, or picking up the slack around the office, consider combining verbal recognition with incentives, such as paying for lunch, giving a gift card, or sending a personal thank you card.

For larger achievements or to celebrate the consistent success of your key players, consider holding a quarterly, semiannual, or annual recognition ceremony. Recognition ceremonies can be held during business hours, or after-hours at an off-site location. You can publicly acknowledge your key players and give them a memento, such as a glass award to commemorate their achievements. Glass awards for a recognition ceremony are a nice touch, as they can publicly highlight a team member’s achievement, and encourage other workers to follow their habits.

By taking a proactive approach to creating a supportive, motivational, and fulfilling workplace, you will see your team began to truly shine.