4. Get Rid of the Company Jerks
One of the simplest ways to boost employee morale is to get rid of people who treat others poorly. If you can eliminate jerks from upper management, it will have a greater impact on how happy people are at work. It has a greater impact than promotions or even raises.
Rodger Dean Duncan, an executive coach, defines jerks as people who “intimidate, condescend, or demean, swear, behave rudely, belittle people in front of others, give only negative feedback, lie, act sexist or racist, withhold critical information, blow up in meetings and use fear as a motivator.”
Train your management team to coach people better. Teach them to keep an eye out for people’s unique talents. Then, create an environment that supports their abilities. This will help your company stay on its feet when times get tough.
Help your workers develop job descriptions that line their career aspirations up with what the company needs. Doing this automatically helps employee morale. It will also increase overall engagement with the business and improve productivity.
5. Build Trust
A survey conducted by Slack about the future of work found that an estimated 80% of employees want information about how their company’s higherups make decisions. Along with this, about 87% of employees want to work for a company that’s transparent.
Employee happiness can only become so high when people don’t trust their leaders. It makes sense that workers wouldn’t want to communicate or contribute in meaningful ways if they don’t feel safe doing so while working.
Make sure that your managers receive coaching about how to provide actionable feedback. Train your managers so that they’re effective leaders while maintaining extreme transparency.
When you provide feedback, avoid making it so generic that your employee is confused about how to take it. This means that no one in your company would keep the information quiet on purpose. If an employee asks a question, then give them an answer always.
By prioritizing transparency and keeping communication open, you’ll find it easier to tell your people about organizational changes, decrease job uncertainty and keep people excited about new things that are happening.
6. Encourage a Fun Work Environment
The best way to increase employee happiness at the office is to encourage them to have fun. Work is a serious thing, so there are times when you’ll need to keep things professional. However, look for times when you can relax and laugh with your employees. This is a great way to connect.
Take your people to lunch or breakfast when it makes sense and offer fun experiences like trips to the movies or a local amusement park. Make sure that your people are taking proper work breaks. According to research, just one in five people stop working to take a lunch break. The study also found that white-collar workers are the least likely to do so.
People are more creative and innovative when they have a change of scenery. This is even more true when they spend time in a natural environment, so if they stay inside during the day, it’s likely diminishing their ability to form new ideas and have those brilliant moments.
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