I believe that a happy employee is a hard-working employee, and if I want my workers to put in all of their efforts, they need to feel positive about their working environment. I want my employees to feel confident and satisfied when they come to work, and although I can’t change whether or not they’re having a bad time in their life, I can help to make their working environment happier and better.
What Gives Employees Positive Morale?
When employees are confident that their company’s leadership is in safe hands, they are more likely to have good morale. By feeling as if they are part of something, and that their job is relevant, they feel like they are contributing to the success of the company and this adds to a feeling of positivity.
Communicating with employees well is also a factor. Workers want to feel that they are being told important information about products and customers, and they want to feel like they can interact freely with their coworkers and their managers. Having good interpersonal relationships between staff help to make employees feel that going to work is a fun social experience and is worth more than just picking up a salary. Having a good relationship with the manager is important too. Employees need to feel valued and that they are taken seriously by their boss, with their accomplishments being recognized and acknowledged.
What Causes Poor Morale At Work?
Employees who are unhappy and negative about their working environment, and who feel that they are unappreciated by their managers will never give their best. When workers have no confidence in their company’s leadership and are uncertain of what is expected from them, they will have poor morale.
How To Improve Morale
Creating a positive working environment can be done in several ways including:
Providing supportive and reasonable leadership and management personnel who treat employees consistently and fairly
Treating workers respectfully
Treating employees as if they are important to the organization
Recognizing employees’ achievements
Empowering employees to make informed decisions about their work
Offering regular communications about factors which are important to workers
Giving coaching and feedback regularly
Offering compensation and benefits
Giving employees the chance for professional development
Giving employees perks as well as company social activities
Managing employees within a positive framework of expectations and goals
It is very important to listen to employees and to take their feedback seriously. Workers need to feel as if their viewpoints are listened to, and this makes them feel valued and worthwhile in their workplace. For example, my employees asked if I could put in place facilities for taking a hot shower and the end of the working day, so I made sure to install proper bathroom facilities to keep them feeling satisfied.
My workers seem to be very happy, productive and positive, and I’d like to keep it that way by taking my own advice. If you follow my tips, you too will find that you have a happy, positive workforce.