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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

7 Ways to Perk Up Broken Employee Morale

Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people. So, it is important that a workplace is filled with and driven by employees with a positive attitude to ensure excellence. However, it can get difficult to keep everyone happy, always. 

So, how do you fix broken employee morale, especially when they have a less cooperative attitude towards the team? Recognizing that your staff’s motivation is down is the first step towards fixing the problem, so well done. Now, you have to think about how to re-energize the employees before the situation escalates into a bigger problem.

To create a productivity-friendly work environment where your employees are supercharged with a positive mindset towards work, follow the below suggestions – 

1. Find The Fundamental Cause 
Rather than trying to fix things superficially, try to find out the root cause of the problem by diving deep into the dynamics of the team or talking to the troubled employee themself. Broken employee morale can be a cause of lack of growth opportunities, destroyed work-life balance, staff layoffs, change in management, workload, or inflexible working conditions. 

By finding the fundamental cause of the problem, you will be able to implement an effective solution.

2. Be Honest 
Everyone is an adult here. So, ignoring a problem, sweeping them under the rug, or keeping bad news from the target employee can be the easier way out, but being honest and transparent will always help you in the long run. Dishonesty with the employee or top management can appear unprofessional and immature, so refrain from it as much as possible.

3. Take Managers’ Help 
Employees are often close to their managers or are bound to spend maximum time with them due to the nature of the work. Therefore, managers can have the biggest impact on employee engagement and morale.

To train the managers, focus on improving their EQ and interpersonal skills. Also, conduct sessions on using different leadership styles and how to go about giving constructive feedback and recognition.

4. Promote Employee Growth 
If an employee feels stagnated in their current role, they are bound to be dissatisfied. Therefore, it is necessary to give them a sense of progress, growth, and something to look forward to in their job. 

This can be done through job promotion, salary increment, opportunities for an internal career as well as personal growth, sponsoring certification courses, conference tickets, etc.

5. Recognize And Appreciate 
It is human nature to expect basic recognition and appreciation in return for giving their time and effort to the company. It makes them feel that their job has a purpose, so never miss an opportunity to recognize when someone has done good work. Not only will it boost the target employee’s morale, but also set a benchmark for other employees.

Employee recognition programs benefit organizational values, according to 83% of HR leaders, and 85% say they positively affect organizational culture. From a simple “thank you” to employee rewards, employee recognition, and appreciation can go a long way in lifting your employees’ spirits. 

6. Plan Team Building Activities 
“Your daily inspirational quotes have changed my life,” said no employee ever.

Fixing broken employee morale may require human resources to go up and beyond their usual course of work. Team development strategies like team lunch, office parties, games, or theme days are a few ways to motivate your employees to come to work. Such team-building activities give them something to feel excited about. It is remarkable what a few slices of pizza can do to elevate the spirits of a lethargic team in the office!

7. Work On Feedback 
Not only show your employees that you are there to listen to their problems but collect feedback with the true intention of working on them and making work life better for all employees. 

Collecting feedback also shows employees that their opinions matter and thus, make them feel valued in the company. 

Creating a positive, welcoming environment through appropriate recognitions and open communication is not only conducive for better productivity but also a win-win situation for both the employees and the company.

Author Bio: Kelly Barcelos is a progressive digital marketing manager for Jobsoid – Applicant Tracking System. She is responsible for leading the content and social media teams at work. Her expertise and experience in the field of HR enable her to create value-driven content for her readers – both on Jobsoid’s blog and other guest blogs where she publishes content regularly.

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