Improving employee morale has over the years been one of the major challenges of employers and management of firms. When the morale of employees is high, productivity and attitude to work improves, but if their morale is low, the reverse becomes the case.
There has been a lot written in the past about how to improve the morale of people in the workplace. It involves making people feel valued for their contributions, being there to listen to them, and making sure that they get the support they need to carry out their duties.
However, sometimes what is overlooked is that low staff morale is often a build- up of lots of little issues that, as they accumulate, cause morale to drop because they have been ignored in the past. It may be as a result of the way approvals are delayed, no water always in the dispenser; employee contributions are not considered or valued, etc.
Working on the morale of staff is the duty of everybody who has a supervisory role - from the Team Leaders to the CEO. Part of their role is to watch and listen.
In these hard times, your staff morale is of paramount importance. They're worried about their jobs and making ends meet, having low morale on the job will compound their woes. The truth is that as you make the effort to boost staff morale, you'll be increasing productivity, lowering employee absenteeism as well as constant employee turnover.
Having seen the background that employees moral need to be worked on to get the best out of the employees. How then do we achieve this?
o Free Communication: Open communication should be encouraged. Employees feel cheated or demoralized when there is a gap between them and management. Employees want to be heard and contribute their own quota to the growth of the firm. It is also important to have regular meetings between management and members of staff which gives management the opportunity to discuss any new developments that may affect the workers but, more crucially, allows workers to express any...