Nobody likes to work for a boss who isn’t personable or even concerned about the welfare of employees. As a boss, it’s easy to come across to employees as being indifferent and not really caring about them at all if there is no communication. When workers don’t feel good about coming to work, it can spell disaster for any company, especially small businesses.
Many business owners haven’t the slightest clue when it comes to knowing how to treat someone who works for them because they don’t have the training, they don’t take the time to sharpen their management skills, or they simply could care less how an employee feels as long they get the job done through intimidation.
For every good owner or boss of a company with a happy and productive workplace, there are 5 others who are struggling to cultivate a better work environment for their staff members without knowing how to approach the task.
Why Is It So Important to Find Ways to Boost Employee Morale?
One disgruntled employee can spread venemous trash about the company like wildfire and start a revolt against the company, sabotaging any efforts to make the company as productive as possible. If you don’t put a lid on someone whose words and attitude spread like cancer, your business will possibly start to suffer and the race will be on to recoup your losses before it gets to the point of no return. In other words, an unhappy and unstable workplace=loss of revenue!
Luckily, improving employee morale really isn’t all that difficult if you simply remember they are people just like you who want respect, recognition, and a company they can be proud to work for.
- Do whatever it takes to make employees feel appreciated and respected. There is no need to complicate this. This can come in the form of calling each of your employees to your office or other area individually and explaining to them in a sincere manner how much you appreciate them. While they are there, ask them for feedback about how the company can improve workplace conditions. Do not confuse this time with an opportunity to talk about an employee’s deficiencies in performance. You have plenty of time for that, later! You may be asking, “What if the employee does not deserve a compliment?” That may be so, but you need to be honest with yourself and consider the reason for lack of performance. Then, you should still let them know you appreciate them and ask what the company can do to improve job performance and work conditions.
- Never call out an employee in front of other workers. This needs to be done behind closed doors in confidence. Although it’s perfectly acceptable to show you mean business by taking charge in a respectful way, workers don’t need to see you flying off the handle when something goes wrong. This will only create animosity and history has shown us that an intimidating atmosphere in the workplace will eventually lead to mutiny!
- Conduct an informal weekly meeting as a group. Make sure you include everyone and even though there will undoubtedly be some serious points to talk about, keep the atmosphere light-hearted and fun so employees will feel comfortable bringing forth any issues they need resolved in the best interest of the company.
- Interact with your employees. So what? You may be a big shot in your company and that’s fine. However, if you don’t make it a point to talk to the ‘little people” who make the company a success, you are missing out on a grand opportunity to drastically improve employee morale. Go out of your way to make them feel like they are part of your team by talking to them one on one.
- Hold company events every now and then. When was the last time you allowed your employees to have a casual Friday and show up to work in jeans? How does a company barbeque sound? Why not have a yearly appreciation luncheon for everyone in the company? The money you invest in these functions will provide you with some of the company’s biggest returns and it will help solidify the positive work environment you have worked so hard to cultivate!