One aspect of being a great manager is keeping your staff happy. A workplace full of satisfied employees helps your company run more efficiently and productively. It takes effort to keep your employees happy, but it’s a great use of your time and effort because the payoff is so great. Helping boost your employee’s morale and level of happiness can be easy and usually free. Here are some ideas about how to boost your workplace morale:
Make sure your employees understand the value of their work.
Not all work is enjoyable, but it can be made more so if you frame it in the right way. Many people probably wouldn’t enjoy being a garbage collector, but when you point out all the good they do – keeping recycling out of landfills, keeping residential neighborhoods clean and free of the germs of decomposing waste – it seems like a more noble effort. Find the good in the jobs your employees do, and make sure you communicate their value so they know how they’re contributing.
Celebrate your employees’ accomplishments.
Nothing creates cheer and goodwill like marking important milestones. Employment anniversaries, meeting sales targets, completing big projects, and even employees’ birthdays are all cause for celebration. Whether it’s something small, like cake in the break room, or a bigger gesture, like catered lunch in the office, find a way to celebrate accomplishments. Your staff will greatly appreciate you recognizing their accomplishments, and it can help to keep them motivated and dedicated to their positions.
Take responsibility for one difficult task.
Chances are that there’s one task in the office that everyone hates to do. While every office is different, these tasks can span from tracking vacation days, dealing with a demanding client, or even trying to coax a pot of coffee out of a temperamental coffee maker. If you are able to occasionally step up for your team by taking responsibility for the most unpleasant task, and you’ll be able to hear the collective sigh of relief in the office. If you are unable to help handle the difficult task, look for ways to make it easier on your employees to complete the task, such as a change in process or additional training.
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