Bosses, here are nine ways to boost morale at work for free. You don’t always need money to make your staff happy. You can easily raise a worker’s spirit by making a few simple moves.
Most people understand times are hard so companies don’t have a lot of money for incentives these days. Yet, this factor shouldn’t be a reason to be inflexible. Allow people to switch breaks when necessary, talk and laugh on slow days and adjust shifts. This kind of flexibility will earn you big points with your staff.
Let staff lead.
Give them opportunities to run meetings and help their peers. More ‘visible’ responsibility often makes an employee feel valuable. This step also can revive a worker who’s not excelling anymore.
Say happy birthday.
Even if your company can’t afford to purchase a cake and card, recognize your employees’ birthday. Remember to say ‘happy birthday’ at the beginning of the day and to get others to do it too.
Keep staff informed.
Let employees know what’s going on at work. By doing so, you not only earn their trust, but control rumors. People are less likely to gossip and make up stories if they know what’s going on.
Stop known disputes.
Squash any known disputes amongst employees. This may mean a strategic move or a sit down amongst the two. Let your employees know that you want them to be happy and get along with each other.
Speak in the morning.
Never walk in the office without greeting employees. You can be friendly and still be the boss. So, show your staff that they are at least worth a smile and hello in the a.m.
Write thank-you notes.
Don’t be afraid to write a thank you note to an employee telling him he is an asset to the company. Make sure that you spread the love around to everyone, even people you don’t particularly like.
Send motivational e-mails.
Encourage your employees to be their best. Remind them of what’s good in life and how their own isn’t so bad. You can find them online at Motivational Quotes.
Enact an open door policy.
Let your employees have access to you. Listen to their complaints even if you can’t solve them immediately. This shows them that you care.
Ready to boost morale at your work? Try these nine free things and watch as your staff’s demeanor changes. You can create an environment that will make them comfortable and happy to come to work every day.