A Handful of Tips 43- Boosting Morale
The five best tips to help you boost the morale of an organisation
Every organisation should aim to have staff who enjoy their work and their workplace. Staff morale affects the quality of their work and their output.
People at work want to feel they are needed and are making a worthwhile contribution.
Aim for a happy, supportive environment and deal with any problems as soon as possible.
1. Communicate effectively
Set clear goals and objectives.
Keep staff fully informed of developments at all times.
Morale is boosted in an honest, open and caring environment .
2. Involve your staff in decision-making
Encourage people to express their opinions and good ideas.
People need to feel wanted and part of the organisation. They like to have their voice heard when it involves their work and their work environment.
In a participative workplace people will fully support any changes they helped make.
3. Delegate authority
Set the rules and delegate decision-making to where the actions takes place.
With clear goals and objectives and sound communication systems let employees schedule their own working hours. This can help with their transport arrangements to and from work. (Perhaps staff can work from home once a week.)
4. Encourage social activities at work
Have fun at work. Aim to achieve a happy family atmosphere.
Some organisations arrange table tennis games during lunch breaks. Others have sports teams representing their business in competitions.
Some arrange picnics and other events for families of employees.
Mixing with colleagues and families away from work is a great way to get to know them better and build morale.
Giving staff time off for community service work can also help bonding.
5. Recognise good work
Reward people for their achievements. They will appreciate the recognition and it will encourage others to increase their efforts.
Work perks can also be a sound investment.
Discounted deals, low cost meals, free car parking and an office gym are the type of perks that often help to raise morale.
“Recognition of good work pays dividends and raises morale.”
Source: “Secrets for New Managers” first published by Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand (www//mossassociates.co.nz) and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com and VitalSource.