Employee morale is more essential than ever when it comes to retaining talent. Not only to retain talent but to support a positive work environment and increase productivity.
Here are six easy ways to help!
After two years of living inside a bubble, fitness is more vital than ever. Whether it’s a 12-week boot camp or a jogging group, organizing an opportunity for a fitness experience can boost employee morale and your staff’s well-being. Your company can host an introductory program or offer ongoing classes. You can bring a fitness instructor to campus or sponsor programs off-campus, either before or after work. You can even split your staff into teams and use it as a team challenge opportunity.
Food truck Fridays
Consider bringing in different food trucks once a week during lunch. Not only does this give staff something fun to look forward to, but it can also build company-wide comradery.
Gratitude goes a long way
Genuine recognition can go a long way. Whether it’s manager-to-peer or peer-to-peer recognition, highlighting the contributions of teams and individuals can help your staff see the culmination of their effort. And, celebrating milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays, and promotions conveys that you see your staff’s worth.
Meet newer generations where they are
Many of the younger generations of employees value volunteer programs. Company-sponsored volunteer programs can help build community among staff while giving employees a meaningful way to engage with each other and the community. When a company’s mission includes ensuring that staff has a sense of purpose within the organization, this can trickle down to improved employee satisfaction and productivity. Go even farther and leverage paid-release time for volunteer hours.
Burnout is one of the most common problems today because many workers, especially millennials, don’t set boundaries when it comes to working, and some employers will over-extend employees. You must encourage your team to take breaks and not work when the workday has ended. You also have to remind yourself that an innocent little email after work hours is not so innocent – for you or them. Don’t expect a reply if you send a work email after hours. If you receive an email from them, don’t reply after hours; remind them they need to disconnect when the day is done. Because many employees always have their email notifications on, it makes them turn their minds back to work.
Take advantage of the off-season
Every company has “downtime” – months where the workload is lower than at other times of the year. Take advantage of it and implement a 4-day workweek during those months or extended holiday time at Christmas or Easter. This will give your employees the time they need to recharge, and it will show how vital work/life balance is to your company.
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