Ideas To Promote Team Morale!
Is there a lull in morale at your workplace? Is everybody looking a bit fed up and
unmotivated? Why not implement one of suggested new practices to perk up your office in 2017?
Daily Team Huddle
You more than likely already have a weekly meeting to keep up-to-date with the latest projects
and targets but how about considering a daily team huddle?
Sit in a circle away from your desks to discuss the day ahead- ensure that you are all facing each other and fully engaging with one another, making eye-contact and avoiding distractions
(don't do it from your desks). Take it in turn to tell each other what you intend to achieve
that day and use the huddle as a time to relay any feedback or updates on particular tasks.
Ensure that you all encourage each other by recognising achievements and giving thanks.
Working like this as a team should encourage a jovial team spirit- it's preferable to
arriving at the beginning of the day and barely acknowledging each other face-to-face and
communicating via email. Although this could appear like it's a time-wasting exercise the
daily updates could highlight any issues within the team such as those that aren't pulling
Staff reviews can be difficult for both parties involved; however there is a lot to be
gained from regular reviews and bring about a positive change. It's a chance for both sides
to outline their expectations and make compromises and plans for the following months.
Whether good or bad, feedback should be appreciated on both sides and the review should
be used as a time to reflect on achievements, progress, what went wrong, what went right
and why it went wrong/right.
If you have never experienced a staff review and you're feeling like you don't know
what is expected of you or whether or not you're doing a good job then push for it- every
business worth its salt should be giving feedback and encouragement to help make positive
steps and retain staff.
An Employee Recognition Scheme
Monthly, weekly or quarterly recognitions schemes are a great way to reward and recognise
hard-working staff and something that we do here at ACS. We recognise the hard work of our employees
and reward them with champagne for 'employees of the quarter' and at the end of the year
our 'employee of the year' receives a large cheque at our Christmas party.
Employee reward schemes are a great incentive to work hard, it certainly works for ACS. Winners
could be nominated by peers or management or both and prizes can range from expensive gifts to
certificates/ trophies and congratulatory E-cards.
Businesses can either use their own internal systems to collect nominations - on a forum
perhaps or more complex schemes such as http://www.reward
Regardless of the amount of money businesses invest in a scheme like Reward Gateway/ a
recognition scheme could prove to be the most sensible investment that they make
considering that one of the main reasons individuals leave an organisation is due to
lack of recognition. Recognising an employee's hard work is proven to increase employee
engagement by 61% according to the Society of Human Resource Management (2012) and if
they're engaged they're more likely to work hard and be loyal.
Introducing Flexitime/Flexible working
Good companies recognise that people have lives outside of work and for many
people (especially when there are kids involved) life comes above work in the
work/life balance. Great managers recognise that people have other priorities and
that if they are happy in their work/life balance they will perform better. Being
flexible with parents and allowing them to start half an hour later so that they can
drop their children off at school rather than pay for expensive child care fees etc.
will not result in a disruptive workforce, rather the opposite; a mutual respect is
earnt and working parents will be more likely to be loyal and work hard for their
employer, for example research by Regus found 70% of managers reported an increase
in productivity after a shift to flexi-working.
Don't be afraid to approach your management, for example; when I asked to work
into part of my lunch hour in order to make an earlier train connection at the end
of the shift my manager was very accommodating and saw the importance of allowing
this, her response was 'of course, my new motto is a happy workforce is a
productive one' and damn was she right!
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