As a manager, there’s a lot to get done in a day, all with an eye focused on productivity. You need to hit certain numbers and attain goals to maintain or even surpass an optimal level. But what about company morale? Have you ever thought about how that plays a part in productivity and can help you boost it, while improving employee satisfaction?
If you haven’t, then now’s the time to start. When you focus on morale, it’s a win for you, your employees and your productivity numbers. Here’s a look at a few different ways to boost it within your organization:
Encourage a healthy work life balance.
If life is all about work for employees, they’re going to get stressed and burned out, impacting productivity in a negative way. Not only that, but they’ll disengage over time, leading to high turnover rates.
Instead, focus on keeping your workforce healthy and enabling them to live a more balanced life overall. There are a number of ways to do this, whether through a formal wellness program at work, or by offering flexible scheduling opportunities.
Walk the floor.
You know that communication is key when it comes to building strong teams. But you have to do more than let your employees know your door is open to them. You must proactively promote communication by walking the floor, checking in with employees and talking to them about any questions, concerns or challenges. When you’re a regular presence, they’re more likely to let you know what’s going on, giving your employees a bigger voice and increasing their satisfaction as you do.
Build a strong team.
A productive and healthy team doesn’t happen by accident. You need to be intentional in your efforts when it comes to creating a cohesive staff that works well together. To do this, bring them together regularly outside of work, so they can all get to know each other on a more personal level. This will forge camaraderie, build trust, and help your team operate in a more collaborative manner.
Support your people.
When an employees does a good job, thank them immediately. Words of praise and recognition are a small gesture that can go a long way in boosting morale at your company.
Likewise, when an employee has an idea or wants to take on a new challenge, support them. You’re supposed to be more than just their manager, but also their advocate, guide and champion. Look for ways to help them learn, grow and advance their careers and you’ll keep them happier and more productive.
Another way to improve morale is to ensure your employees aren’t stretched too thin. If they’ve got too much on their plates and are coming in early and staying late all the time, they’re going to get stressed. Instead, give Future Force a call and let our team help you hire, whether it’s on a temporary or full-time basis. We also offer temp-to-hire staffing services. Whatever your hiring needs, we have access to the skilled, dependable workers you need and can deliver them in a way that makes the most sense for you.