All kinds of factors that you can’t control can affect morale in the workplace.
What’s important is recognizing when low morale is a problem – and taking steps to improve them.
These are two of the most important ones you can take:
1. Ask what you can do first
People are more enthusiastic about their jobs and the company’s mission when they feel appreciated.
Ask yourself: “Do I praise my staff? Am I setting the right goals? Can I try other things that will make people happier?”
Keep in mind the No. 1 reason people dislike their jobs and eventually move on is they don’t like working for their boss.
2. Set goals
Management “experts” often advise companies to reward their employees with perks, such as free lunches, prizes, gift cards, etc.
Perks are nice, but they’re meaningless without clear goals. Most people aren’t motivated by extra rewards on top of what they’re already being paid.
They’re more driven when they believe there’s a greater meaning to their work.
So messages like “Everybody’s counting on us” sends the message that your team’s work is vital.
There’s no better morale booster than when a team has a worthy goal and it’s one that every member of the team has bought into 100%.