Ways To Increase Your Employees Morale – FREE!!
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have talked with many managers who find it hard to motivate employees.
As a manager you have the responsibly to manager your employees, motivate them and keep the morale of the office high. Studies have shown the companies that have high level of morale prosper significantly greater than low morale organizations.
Historically, larger companies have offered bonuses, trips, prizes to keep performance and morale high, but if your organization does not have the budgets or capacity to offer those types of morale boosters. Here are a few tips to improve morale without taking a bite out of the budget.
Genuinely Show You Care About Your Employees…
For most employees that office is their second home. They spend a significant amount of time every day at the office, but it is their second home. They have families, interests, activities that matter to them outside of the workplace. So showing an employee that you care is one of the easiest ways to reward them. Allowing an employee to take care of their family life is one of the greatest rewards you can give an employee. Let them take a day off, send them home early, if they need to take care of a personal issue during working hours; let them do it. Having an employee whose family is happy will go a long ways in boosting company morale. The employee will be more productive, care about the company greater and encouraged to work harder.
Recognize Employees For Their Hard Work..
When you hire an employee you expect them to work hard and do a good job. But when someone goes above and beyond expectations and works hard to help the company. Employers need to recognize it; which could be anything from offering a simple thank you or an employee of the week recognition to a plaque for exceptional performance.
Most individuals value personal recognition over anything else in the workplace. If they know they are being acknowledged for their hard work, they only need simple recognition to keep their morale high.
Focus On Achieving A Goal ..
Companies have a strategic direction, goals they are trying to achieve. Employees work to achieve those goals every day, but reminding an employee about the good they are doing, the people they are helping, how the company benefits a wide variety of customers and/or people lives are positive reinforcement for employees to do a good job. If they can relate to their customers, see the impact their products, services are having on the community as a whole. Morale within the company will jump greatly.
If customers recognize an employee’s hard work, let the employee know about it. If a product or services impacts a specific customer in a life changing way, let the employee know their work greatly influenced that person’s life. If an employee recognizes their hard work is paying off, morale will jump greatly throughout an organization faster than any other reward that can be offered.
The above tips are only a few of the many ways in which you can reward an employee and keep company morale high, without affecting the company’s overall budget.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com