You can have the greatest product or service in the world, but if you’re saddled with a bunch of uninspired loafers (or disrespected gofers), your company will never soar.
Of course, employee morale is not simply a manifestation of your workforce’s sheer will, attitudes and determination. Companies’ leaders—by dint of how well they communicate and which benefits they offer—play a key role in the morale equation. If this is a concern for you (and it should be), Fundera offers 29 data-backed ways to boost morale.
Its tips include:
- Prioritize health insurance. The piece states: “Fifty-six percent of Americans say their health plan is the reason they stay at their current job.” In a country that charges $48,512 for a cat bite treatment or about 50k for a C-section, don’t skimp on employee health plans.
- Recognize hard work. You’d be hard-pressed to find a human being who doesn’t appreciate a bit of appreciation. Fundera writes: “Sixty-nine percent of employees say they’d work harder if they were better appreciated and recognized.”
- Allow flexible schedules. Flexible workplace arrangements are becoming essential for recruiting—and retention. According to the infographic, “Seventy-five percent of workers say they experience greater productivity at home.”
- Create a mentoring program. Fundera writes: “Eighty-three percent of workers in a mentoring program admit that it increases their desire to stay at their organization.” Mentoring initiatives scratch the professional development itch, and they help establish genuine connections between staffers.
- Promote work/life balance. Yes, working people to the bone can be a bummer for morale. Workplace stress kills, so be intentional about exhorting employees to rest, rejuvenate and “disconnect” outside the office.
- Conclude meetings with attainable goals. Meetings are often a waste of time. To make them more meaningful, give participants tangible tasks and calls to action.
- Provide multiple ways to communicate. Communication is a “different strokes for different folks” proposition. Instead of forcing everyone onto the same channel, provide a few options for internal comms (such as a chat platform, a mobile app or intranet).
How’s morale at your organization? If it’s low, flagging or perhaps not as keen as you’d like, review the rest of Fundera’s infographic for more data-backed tips to boost employee engagement.