4 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

4 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

As the founder of your start-up, you may be brimming with boundless energy and excitement about your work. But can you say the same about your employees? How can you make sure everyone on your team is as passionate about their work as you are?

4 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

If these questions have plagued you, here are some tips to help you boost morale in your company.

1. Make it more than just a job
No one likes slogging away at their desks every day without plan or purpose. Even the most motivated of workers would become mindless zombies when subjected to such drudgery day in and day out.
 
So, give your employees a higher purpose. Make sure each person knows his role in the company’s success. This begins with introducing them to your company’s mission and vision, and empowering them to achieve those goals in their areas of responsibilities.
 
Some companies go even further to ensure that it isn’t just the bosses and top management who feel a sense of ownership. At Adobe, employees are given stock options  so they are truly part of the company and have a real stake in its success.

2. Celebrate small victories
As entrepreneurs, we tend to plough ahead, regardless of challenges. While this is great for overcoming obstacles and getting the business moving, stopping every now and then to celebrate small victories has its pluses as well.
 
It allows us to recognise contributions and acknowledge the hard work of the team. It also gives us the opportunity to inspire other employees and motivate them to try harder. This can, in turn, help your bottom line. These mini celebrations are the perfect time to reaffirm the company’s goals, too.
 
In many cases, it ups the fun factor at work as well, making it less like work. At Groupon, work anniversaries or Grouponiversaries are observed with a bright green Adidas track jacket with personlised nicknames. For each additional year in the company, the employee gets a star patch to add to the jacket.

3. Give space for personal projects
Personal projects can provide a welcomed break to employees. Instead of being a distraction, personal passions can become added incentives that end up boosting productivity and creativity at work.
 
Many companies have experimented with “permitted bootlegging”, allowing employees use of company time to tinker with their projects. One famous example is 3M. Dr. Spencer Silver was working with 3M in the United States. While attempting to create an ultra-strong adhesive, he accidentally created one that was pressure-sensitive and reusable instead. 3M allowed him to develop the idea even during company time. Silver eventually invented the Post-It note, now a staple in offices worldwide and a major 3M product.
 
4. Switch up the routines
Mix up your daily routine and add some diversity to your employees’ work life. For example, instead of regular meetings, allow employees to separate into groups to brainstorm, with each group eventually presenting and pitching their ideas.
 
By changing it up, you imbue a sense of adventure into the work and lighten the atmosphere in the office. This frees your employees to explore and be creative.

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