5 ways to boost employee morale
A happy team is a productive team – according to a study by The Social Market Foundation (SMF), happy employees can be up to 20% more productive than unhappy ones. That’s why introducing initiatives that boost employee morale is so important for companies of any size.
Focusing on the wellbeing of staff at every level is important – the attitude of the people around you can have a great effect on company culture and output. By putting measures in place to promote staff wellbeing, you are also implementing safeguarding measures to promote your company’s prosperity.
Want to know how to improve staff morale at your organisation? Here are our top five favourite tips to promote happiness in the office.
Exercise has a number of benefits, not just to physical health, but to mental health too. Exercising during the work day can be energising and invigorating, allowing team members to re-focus their mind on achieving their daily objectives.
There are a number of things you can do to encourage exercise within your organisation. Why not introduce a lunchtime exercise regime. At Represent we’ve introduced activities like team walks and group yoga. The act of communal exercise not only helps people to feel better but can help to establish a strong team connection as well.
You don’t have to make big changes to your daily work routine in order to get some exercise. Why not consider taking your next meeting outside? Walking meetings are great ways to get the neurons firing – brainstorming while walking can help your team come up with creative ideas in a flash. Our advice? Keep attendees to a minimum – two or three people – and don’t hold walking meetings where extensive note-taking is essential.
A team that’s always working flat out might sound great in theory, but in practice, when staff are over-worked, their productivity will take a hit. The brain can quickly become exhausted, and many workers will have reached their mental capacity long before lunch time.
Encourage short breaks throughout the day, and make sure that employees take their lunch break without fail. It’s always best for employees to get outside and catch some rays, but if that’s not possible, then moving away from the desk and taking your mind off work for a period of time can have huge benefits.
Many organisations encourage the Pomodoro technique, where employees work on a task for 25 minutes, and then take a short five to ten-minute break to stretch their legs, and then re-focus on the task at hand.
Talk about it
We all get stressed – that’s just a fact of life. But failing to address stress publicly makes it seem like a great taboo, which can make employees feel as though they are going through their issues alone.
By openly discussing how stress can affect employees, you begin to open up a dialogue where employees feel supported and know what actions they can take to manage their own stress.
Why not boost employee morale by encouraging one person per week to bring an idea on how they manage their own stress levels and present it to the team? That’s what we do here at Represent. Not only will this equip your team with resilience techniques, but it will also get them to think differently about their own problems, and if they encounter this issue, they will know what to do.
Set your team up for success by providing them with healthy foods. According to research published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, healthy foods can lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and purpose at work. It doesn’t have to be a daily feast – having small healthy items like fruits or nuts available for everyone to enjoy can be a great pick me up during the day.
The fruit bowl here at Represent is always a hit with our team!
If you have a monthly staff lunch, why not look at the food you are eating, and consider introducing healthier options. You could even organise a healthy potluck, where teams bring a part of a dish to form a healthy meal. Not only will it be delicious, but it will be a lovely way to share ideas and positive thoughts about upcoming projects.
You see your team day in, day out – more than your own family sometimes! As a result, if you don’t connect well with your team, it can take a great hit on your morale. Team bonding exercises are a great way of creating harmony within the team, helping them to collaborate and share their ideas.
Trust is important in any close-knit team, and by helping your teams to support each other, your business certainly stands to benefit. Why not consider looking for exercises that your whole team would love? Whether it’s a bit of pampering or paintballing, getting your team happy to bond with each other is a wonderful way to facilitate better working relationships, with positive impacts for your business.
These ideas are just some of the initiatives that we have brought in at Represent to boost our team’s wellbeing. We believe that a happy team does great work, and great work makes our clients happy… which makes us happy! Has your team boosted morale with a new initiative? We’d love to hear about it!