Ready for a staggering statistic, that is probably truer than you want it to be? Forbes released an article with mind-boggling numbers – pointing out that “seventy percent of your employees hate their jobs.” Sounds a bit extreme, but with ever present financial pressures and increased career stressors, we have a working population that is riddled with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. With the changing seasons and the holidays right around the corner, these stressors are only on the rise – making employees increasingly resentful of their daily grind.
Want to be part of the solution? Here are some fun ways to boost employee morale and create a fun work environment.
Team building exercises
Encouraging your employees to participate in peer-to-peer bonding exercises can help to facilitate a more cooperative working environment – and is shown to reduce conflict! These don’t have to be done in boring conference rooms, get creative! Start a team bowling league or softball team, sign up for warrior dash or team marathons, host a trivia or game board night. You can even have extra fun coming up with prizes for winning teams for a bit of healthy competition.
Anticipate Snack Needs
Creating a comfortable and clean employee lounge is extremely important, as it gives your workers a place to escape the demands of their day for a moment. Use plush seating areas and soft lighting. Keep it stocked with favorite snacks and coffee or tea options, which reduces the financial stress of having to purchase pricey cups of coffee every morning. If you do nothing else, having this on-site break room can make a significant difference in your staffs’ overall health and morale.
Celebrate Your Employees
Finding reasons (or for no reason at all) to celebrate your employees helps to increase drive and motivation – when employees feel appreciated, they will work hard and go further. It’s also another great excuse to get together as a team in creative ways: Taco Tuesdays, employee appreciation breakfasts once a month, impromptu catered lunches, and the list can go on and on. The more fun you have, the more fun your employees will have!
Allow Open Idea Sharing
The easiest and most efficient way to know what you can do to increase employee morale is to just ask your employees themselves! Create a work environment where employees feel comfortable expressing their concerns or ideas for improving different areas of their job. Perhaps they have some ideas on how to streamline the paperwork process, or maybe they want to host their own team building night, or they want to discuss the possibility of working with another team on a new project. Giving them this platform helps them to feel in control of their work environment and like that are an integral part of the company’s success.
Reduce Unnecessary Stressors
Reducing unnecessary stressors can not only increase employee morale because, well, they have one less thing to stress about but because it shows an effort on their employers’ part to understand their needs and take action to improve their work environment. Your receptionist likely has a lot of things going on at once, and is responsible for balancing schedules, calls, filing, and other office duties. Hiring an answering service can help reduce the stress of putting of important tasks to attend to never ending phone calls.
No matter what kind of business you are running or how many employees you have, you can do your part to make sure that your employees look forward to coming to work each day. Be the kind of boss that celebrates their employees and makes sure they feel valued and never pass over an opportunity to connect with your staff. Don’t think you have the time? Overwhelmed by never ending calls? Give us a ring and we can help you get back to doing what you love, so your employees can love what they do.