“Morale and attitude are fundamentals to success.”
― Bud Wilkinson
Team morale refers to the optimism, enthusiasm and excitement within a group of co-workers with common business goals. It is a collection of attitudes and feelings that creates a positive working environment, where people support each other to work confidently. Studies have proved that a higher team morale increases employee engagement which has a clear impression on productivity.
Workplace revolution has been taking place for some time. An ideal work environment fosters high morale on a regular basis to motivate employees to go above and beyond.
Low team morale is a reality of workplaces. Organisations go through times of low morale under various circumstances. Your real struggle, as a manager, is about what you can do to bring a difference by making a genuine impact on your team. Although employee satisfaction is hard to quantify, it needs to get measured before it turns into a problem
Every situation is unique, so your efforts should vary. Getting started, here are 10 simple ways to support your team and create a high morale work environment.
10 Tried-And-True Actions To Help Boost Team Morale
1. Lead your team to greatness:
Working together towards a shared compelling vision empowers the team towards the greater objective. To achieve the big goals, the team needs to go beyond the present tasks and think of the big picture.
Tackling difficult situations can teach that everything is hard before it is easy. When you encourage your team to exceed its limit, it’s finally when you realise that there is hardly any limit.
2. Restore its belief in the organisation:
Right from the day of joining, employees should know what you are doing as an entity and what your long term goals are. Having faith in the organisation encourages them to make the most use of their powers and to try new things.
3. Acknowledge their hard work:
The efforts of your team must be appreciated. Let your staff know that their hard work is making a difference even during a crisis. In order to encourage them to perform admirably, rewarding them for their support and extra efforts are significant.
Many a times, during a recession, companies decide to go for an operational cost-cutting. In those situations, they decide to discontinue team rewards and recognition programs. According to HR experts, the continuation of such acknowledgement programs can inspire the employees to remain active even through a difficult time.
4. Learn their emotions:
Managers should remain considerably worried about team emotions. During a positive change, employees remain confident without any trust issues. On the other hand, negative emotions can lead the employees to feel mistrusted.
The sooner you involve your team in the change process, the better your team will feel more engaged in work. Interviewing them regarding their feelings on different occasions can prove to be quite helpful in the long run.
5. Incorporate more flexibility :
Flexibility at the workplace does not limit to adjustable office timings. There are several other factors that can be considered here. Lightening the rules for your teams can help them adapt to situations for a successful implementation of a change.
Flexitime, work from home, job-sharing, part-time opportunities, compressed 4 day work week are a few options that can be allowed in a work environment. There are plenty of other ways to keep them motivated without compromising on being firm and committed to the business goals.
6. Embrace honesty:
Teams work better in a transparent workplace. Loyalty and access to timely information makes a team stronger. The teams expect honesty so that they can plan and protect themselves.
Communication is the best business practice in both good and bad times. If the situation demands, you must admit that you don’t have all the answers. As a sign of respect, it is important to let your employees know the truth about the organisation’s health. The sudden elimination of workforce can bring a visible reduction in team morale.
Further, an honest discussion can also lead to new work processes, involving employees who can find solutions to the problems more efficiently.
7. Re-establish its confidence:
Workplaces must ensure confidence is not lost and that trust remains intact after a difficult time. You, as a manager, must be reliable (that what you say, you do) and be empathetic (that you care about the needs of your employees.)
You need to encourage two-way communication in which feedback plays a major role. Interestingly, findings show that the level of involvement in decision making appears to be one factor that makes the most difference in boosting team morale.
8. Listen to what they say:
Like other important qualities, it is equally important for you to look up and listen to maintain a balance in the work environment. It gives your employees an opportunity to voice their opinions, which they might find difficult, otherwise.
It takes tremendous patience to use effective listening skills but over time you can notice the positive benefits that help in effective team building.
9. Involve the team in decision making:
Participation in the decision-making process improves workplace relationships. Nowadays, many companies are moving away from using the term ‘employees’ and adopted the concept of ‘team member’.
It makes them feel more personal yet united to get involved in the process. However, team involvement in the decision-making process is an on-going process that proves to be a company-wide ‘feel good’ factor.
10. Develop from within:
When your employees feel a lack of room for career advancement in the workplace, it shows in the turnover rate. This makes the team weaker and slowly starts disturbing the true purpose of the business.
Timely internal training and other fun activities can improve employee morale and create more good times to learn and grow in the workplace.
- Allow your team to do the best of what it can do without a hindrance.
- Accept their mistakes as a part of the process.
- Make sure they have everything they need to be successful.
- Encourage them to take chances.
- Be available to resolve queries.
- Let them lead the day-to-day stuff.
If you notice a decrease in energy and excitement among your team, you might be going wrong with your motivational skills. Keeping the team morale high is certainly one of the keys to increased productivity, but figuring out how to do post-crisis can be challenging.
There is no big magic to keep the workplace active and interesting. The above proven simple tricks can improve team morale in virtually any situation.