You might think that creating a great company culture is all about perks and benefits, but there’s actually far more you can do to make your employees happy. In fact, some of the best ways to boost employee morale have nothing to do with money or beer on Friday afternoons. Instead, try these eight tips for boosting employee morale:
Make time for meal breaks together.
One of the easiest ways to boost employee morale is to give them time together as a group. This can be something as simple as making sure you have lunch breaks, or it could be something more structured like an annual retreat.
If you want employees to really bond and feel like a team, encourage them to eat lunch together every day in the office break room. This will help keep things fun and relaxed so that everyone has a chance to talk about their day-to-day lives outside of work too! Make sure that these breaks are long enough for people who need extra time (like those who take medication) but short enough that no one feels rushed through their mealtime experience.”
Telecommuting is a great way to boost employee morale and keep your employees engaged and happy. It also allows them the freedom to work from home or anywhere they please, which can be especially beneficial if their commute is long or they live far away from the office. There are many benefits of telecommuting: it saves money on gas, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, improves employee productivity (since they’re not distracted by other people), reduces absenteeism due to illness or bad weather conditions etc., increases employee loyalty because they feel valued by their employer who gives them this flexibility…
Create a work-life balance policy.
Work-life balance is an important part of employee morale. According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “the ability to manage work and personal commitments” is the number one factor in employee engagement.
Creating a formal policy that outlines how you expect your employees to manage their time will help them feel more valued and supported at work, which can lead to higher levels of loyalty and productivity. The SHRM survey found that when employees have access to flexible scheduling options such as telecommuting or working remotely, they’re more likely than those who don’t have these options available (or are unable) to say they’re satisfied with their jobs overall
Let employees make some decisions about how they work.
Letting employees make some decisions about how they work will help them feel more engaged, empowered and invested in the company. They’ll also be more productive and creative because they’re doing what works for them.
It’s important to note that this isn’t about letting your employees come up with new ways of doing things on their own; rather, it’s about giving them some control over small things that affect their daily lives at work. For example:
- Letting them choose where they sit
- Offering different options when setting up meetings or events (e.g., lunchtime vs evening)
Show your face in the office more often.
You can’t always be there for your employees, but when you are, make it count.
Face-to-face communication is important. It’s how we get to know each other, build relationships and solve problems together. How much time should you spend in the office? There’s no one-size-fits all here–you need to strike a balance between remote work and in-office time with your team. For example: If an employee has been struggling with their workload recently, I might suggest they come into the office once or twice per week so that we can have some one-on-one chats about how they’re feeling about things (and maybe offer them some guidance).
But it doesn’t have to be this formal; sometimes just showing up at someone else’s desk for a chat during lunch can help boost morale without making anyone feel like they’re being micromanaged or told what to do all day long!
Have frequent check-ins with your team members.
- Have frequent check-ins with your team members.
- Make it a point to check in with your employees regularly, and not just when something goes wrong. It’s important to be available for them so that they know you care about how they are doing and if there’s anything that needs to be addressed immediately.
- Ask questions like “How is everything going?” or “Do you have any questions?” This gives them an opportunity to talk about anything on their mind without having to worry about bothering you unnecessarily or taking up too much of your time if nothing comes up during the conversation (which may very well happen).
Celebrate small wins and big accomplishments.
- Celebrate small wins.
- Celebrate big accomplishments.
How do you do this? You can celebrate in a variety of ways, but the most important thing is that employees feel like their contributions are valued and recognized by the organization in which they work.
Create a culture of trust and respect.
Trust is a key component of morale. It’s important to remember that trust and respect are not the same thing. Trust is built on honesty and transparency, while respect is earned by demonstrating your appreciation for others.
With this in mind, you can create a culture where employees feel valued by creating an environment where they know what’s expected of them but can also be creative about how they accomplish those tasks or projects (as long as it doesn’t break any rules). This leads us right into our next point…
When it comes to employee morale, many small changes can make a big difference
When it comes to employee morale, many small changes can make a big difference. Here are eight easy ways to boost your employees’ spirits:
- Make them feel valued and appreciated. This is one of the most important factors in maintaining high levels of employee morale. You can do this by recognizing their contributions with rewards and praise, even if they’re not as obvious as you might think (for example, when an employee stays late on a Friday night).
- Focus on communication between management and staff members at all levels of the company–from CEO down through middle management and frontline supervisors–and encourage open dialogue about any issues or concerns that come up during the course of each day’s work activities so everyone understands what’s going on around them at all times in order for everyone involved parties concerned (i) understand each other better than ever before; ii) communicate effectively without having misunderstandings happen often due “he said/she said” situations where no one knows exactly what happened since neither party bothered explaining themselves properly before reacting emotionally out loud instead rationally using logic over emotion alone.”
We hope these tips have given you some ideas for how to improve employee morale at your own company. The best part is that they don’t require a lot of time or money–just a willingness to try something new. And if all else fails, remember that there’s always one surefire way to boost morale: treating your employees well!