It’s no surprise that employees are one of the greatest assets for any company. That’s why positive employee morale is a critical component for your business success. It can make or break your organization. Demotivated and disengaged employees can hurt your bottom line in terms of lost productivity, dissatisfied customers, and replacement costs.
According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the Global Workplace, just 15% of employees are engaged in the workplace. This means that the majority of the global workforce views their workplace negatively and would leave their jobs as soon as they find something better.
If you want to control employee turnover at your workplace and boost employee morale, here’s what you need to do.
1. Reward Performance and Recognize Achievements
Rewards and appreciation have that power by which they can motivate employees and such programs are provided by agencies such as Power 2 Motivate. Employees want to feel appreciated for the work they do and they want their efforts to be recognized and valued.
Performance-based incentives such as bonuses, paid holidays, gift cards, or extra days off are great ways to keep employees engaged. However, it’s equally important to make sure that all employees have a crystal-clear understanding of the performance metrics on which they will be evaluated.
2. Give Importance to Work-Life Balance
Happy employees are less stressed. If work is stressing out your employees so much that they’re unable to create a work-life balance, you need to do something about it.
You want to make your employees feel that you are concerned about their life outside of work. Giving them the opportunity to tweak their work schedules, more accommodating leave policies, child daycare facilities, free gym membership, free transport, etc. are some of the ways you can make things easier for them.
3. Encourage Employees to Give You Honest Feedback
Create a culture where every employee feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, ideas, suggestions and grievances. Your employees shouldn’t assume that the company has no interest in what they have to say.
Even with your best efforts to encourage employees to speak up openly, some may still feel hesitation. A good way to counter this problem is by setting up systems where employees can pour in their ideas or complaints anonymously. You should also be able to take swift and specific actions so that people feel they are actually being heard and that their opinions matter.
4. Give Employees a Chance to Interact Outside the Office
To foster teamwork and trust among employees, they need to go one step ahead of just being acquaintances. And it’s the employer’s responsibility to break the ice and make people get to know each other.
Companies need to organize fun team events that can sometimes also include employees’ family members. In this way, co-workers will get a chance to interact on a more personal level. Better relationship building will reflect on their team performance as well.
5. Invest in Your Employees’ Ergonomic Comfort and Workspace
Whether it’s uncomfortable chairs, tiny desk spaces, or unsanitary conditions at work, all of these play a huge role in making employees view their jobs negatively and in lowering their productivity.
An eye-pleasing and comfortable workspace, on the other hand, encourages them to enjoy their work and feel more enthusiastic about their jobs. Comfortable office furniture, for example, can boost job satisfaction by as much as 24%.
At the end of the day, the attitude and morale of your employees will set the tone for your entire business. When you care for them, there’s almost nothing they won’t do to add value to your organization.