By John Turner, founder of SeedProd
Do you want to boost employee morale within your business? If so, you're not alone. Business owners of both remote companies and brick-and-mortar establishments understand the value of keeping employees in good spirits, especially when times are tough.
When your employees feel connected to where they work, they are more productive, take less sick time and are likely to stay with your company long term. Let's look at several ways you can make your team feel like they are part of a family and boost morale throughout your business.
Make communication a priority.
It's hard for your employees to keep their spirits up when they don't hear from you. We often hear that no news is good news. While that saying might be true for other situations, work does not fall into this category.
Your team expects you to communicate goals, give them performance evaluations and share general feedback along the way. Without this information, it's easy to slip into a state of uncertainty, which is harmful to building positive morale.
Aside from the methods I mentioned above, it's crucial that you hold weekly meetings with your team. Use this time to listen to their concerns, answer questions and give them updates on new things happening within the company.
This tip holds water whether you work remotely or in an office building. Communicating with your employees can reverse damaged morale and resolve uncertainty.
Allow for individual recognition in a group setting.
Another problem employees face, especially in a remote environment, is they feel like their work isn't properly recognized. There are several reasons for this trend. The most important reason is that most businesses don't allow for praise in a group setting.
If you want to allow for more recognition from your remote office, you could create a separate channel on the chat program your team uses and dedicate it to praise from employers to employees, as well as peer-to-peer recognition.
Allowing your team to communicate through these channels will boost morale and make team members feel like they are part of a big family.
Find ways to help your employees grow.
We all want to grow and learn more about our industry. Your staff is no exception to this rule. Encouraging employee growth is another great way to skyrocket morale at the office.
There's no path set in stone since business interests and education outlets vary greatly. However, there are steps you can take to encourage employee growth. For instance, you could look at the latest online classes in your industry or get your team an account on an LMS site with lessons relevant to their jobs.
It's also a good idea to encourage your team to help each other grow. Holding internal webinars where people from different departments explain their techniques can help your team understand their roles in the company and help them grow.
You take it a step further by hosting quarterly workshops where employees can gather, share ideas, give presentations and learn from one another. The sense of community that comes along with these events is great for morale and can give your team some time to relax and listen to their peers. Feel free to break up the presentations with games and activities to keep your team engaged in the process.
Back to you.
We could all use a boost to our morale. Feeling good and having a positive outlook on your place of employment helps people do their best work; there's no doubt about it. If you want to boost morale within your company, these tips will help you get started. Before long, you'll have a team of committed, engaged employees who don't work because they have to -- they work because they genuinely love their jobs.
John Turner is the founder of SeedProd, the most popular coming-soon page solution for WordPress used by over 800,000 websites.