So, how, and when do you improve workplace morale? I recently presented a teamwork seminar to a group that works well together. Why would management invite me to discuss improving teamwork with a team that works? Because that’s how you build a championship team. The morale at your establishment may be extraordinary; folks may be waiting in line to join your team. Even so, you can improve it, and morale’s more likely not perfect. Here are four methods to improve workplace morale.
4 Ways to Improve Workplace Morale
Offer Continuing Training
If you want positive morale in the workplace, you need to help people feel good about themselves. What better way to invest in a team member than to provide valuable training? Whether in-house or outsourced training, such as a local community college course or a leadership development class conducted by senior staff, the bottom line is showing you care enough to offer training, improves morale. Here’s what development training does for your organization.
“Keeps management on the same page. Develops future leaders. Attracts and retains talent. Improves the bottom line. Builds a culture of support and caring.” — Why Your Organization Needs a Leadership Development Program
Most people thrive on recognition; some can’t function without it, and nearly everyone appreciates it. I once had a manager tell me recognition was over-rated because he did his job, and he never got recognized for it, although it did bother him. I looked at him and said, “Exactly my point.” You should recognize positive behavior and character at every deserving opportunity. Individual and team accomplishments, job improvement, and completed training should be supported and cheered. If you want to see morale improve, acknowledge people when they’ve done a good job.
“When you recognize specific behaviors and activities, you don’t sound like someone trying to put smiley faces on the world. You sound like someone who knows what they’re talking about and who cares about their teammates. The next time you recognize a direct report make it specific.” — Why Recognition is Nice but Specific Recognition is a Game Changer
Have Some Fun
You don’t have to create fun at the expense of completing work. Some of the most fun I’ve ever had at work was completing a challenging task on time. Friendly competition against teammates, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving can be fun. Evidence supports frequent short breaks as an efficient method of completing the best work on time. Take a break and enjoy it. Break up the routine, make work into a game, support a local charity as a group, have an outing, throw a pitch-in lunch—have fun. Two of the teams I work directly with have “fun” committees. They meet once a month and plan fun things for the workplace, such as cook outs, Halloween costumes, Holiday Ugly sweater contest and more. 10 Ways to Promote Fun at Work
Bust Those Silos
The more you know, plays well in the workplace. One of the triggers of poor workplace morale is the inability for departments to support each other and work well together. It fosters animosity that spreads from the top of the department down. The key to breaking this spiral is communication. When departments understand each other’s responsibilities and challenges, it translates to a better understanding of how they interact and affect each other. If you want to improve morale, improve interdepartmental understanding and communication. How to Demolish Silos and Why You Should
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