Over the past few years, we have seen first-hand how important employee morale is in the workplace. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforces were shifted to remote working, with many companies finding it difficult to lift their employees’ spirits amidst times of such uncertainty.
So, why is combating low morale a priority for organisations? Because low workplace morale reflects in decreased productivity, ultimately impacting on the business’ efficiency, revenue and more. Overall, resulting in negative business results.
Creating high morale in the workplace is a difficult balance to conquer but if achieved can result in positive attitudes, confidence, and productive work performance.
In this blog we will show you the benefits of high employee morale, how to spot low workplace morale and ultimately how to boost it.
How do you know if employee morale is low?
Not only can low morale impact the business’ efficiency and revenue, but it can also have devasting effects on employee mental health.
Here are some key signs that you may see in the workplace when you have an employee or employees that are feeling low:
- Being increasingly absent from work.
- When they are in work, they communicate negatively and avoid communication with management.
- Missing deadlines, producing poor quality work and making repeat mistakes.
- Jealously among staff members.
- Customer or client complaints.
- Lack of enthusiasm.
- Deterioration in the appearance of the work area.
- Lack of commitment.
Extremely low morale can be easy to detect and, in some cases, is combined with high turnover and decreased productivity. Boosting employee morale should be a priority for all organisations.
How to address and boost employees’ morale
Boosting employees’ morale is not a one-time event. For all organisations there is a need to apply numerous strategies to optimize your workplace culture in order to provide employees with experiences that they want, need and deserve.
Here are some useful ways to promote and implement high morale in the workplace:
- Having a regular one to one meeting will allow you to understand how they feel and if they feel they can cope with the amount of work.
- Recognise and acknowledge employees, giving regular feedback.
- Plan team building events, giving people the opportunity to socialise in a different environment.
- Promote wellbeing, introduce some initiatives or benefits.
- Introduce a remote working option, giving employees the benefit of working from home on selected days.
- Communicate the company’s values and vision. Employees want and need to know how exactly they contribute to this.
- Set clear goals and give opportunities for growth and progression. It is important for employees to see promotions from within.
Benefits of High Workplace Morale
Take a look at what benefits you can expect if you boost your employees’ morale.
- Stronger employee productivity – highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability.
- Decrease employee turnover – Research shows highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their roles.
- Improved customer experience and service – happy employees are patient and will go that extra mile to solve problems.
- More creativity and innovation – Research shows 59% of engaged employees say that high morale brings out their most creative ideas, resulting in increased profits.
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