You Can Boost Employee Morale
Simple Ideas for Improving Employee Morale in Your Workplace
Employee morale describes the overall outlook, attitude, satisfaction, and confidence that employees feel at work. When employees are positive about their work environment and believe that they can meet their most important career and vocational needs at work, employee morale is positive or high.
Like employee motivation, you can’t give an employee positive morale. As an employer, though, you do control large components of the environment in which employees work each day.
Consequently, you are a powerful contributor to whether an employee’s morale is positive or negative.
Portions of the environment that you control that have an impact on employee morale include such issues as the effectiveness of your managers, the quality of their interaction with the people you employ, and the way employees interact with each other in the day-to-day workplace.
You create the environment or culture in which these as positive factors are valued. You reward and recognize the managers who best display the characteristics you want to see in their interaction with employees.
What Contributes to Positive Employee Morale?
When employees have confidence in the capability of their company leadership they tend to have positive morale. When they share a vision for where the company is headed and are positive about the direction, employees have high morale.
Feeling part of goals that are bigger than themselves and their job contributes to positive employee morale.
Many employees want to feel as if they are part of a larger picture and contributing to success for the greater good. A deep focus on serving the needs of their customers, their reason for existing at all, also promotes positive employee morale.
Communication is another significant factor in positive employee morale.
Employees want to feel as if they are part of the in-crowd and that they are privy to all of the important information about their company, their customers, and their products. They need current information so that the decisions they make are congruent with their success in the company.
The interaction of employees with their immediate manager and coworkers plays a role in employee morale. Effective, harmonious interpersonal relationships bolster employee morale and make employees feel that coming into work is worthwhile for reasons in addition to collecting a paycheck.
The relationship with their immediate manager and their communication and interaction with the senior managers are also significant. Employees want to feel as if they are valued equally with other employees and held in serious regard by the senior team of leaders. This is evidenced in information flow, interaction, and recognition.
What Detracts from Positive Employee Morale?
If employees are negative and unhappy about their workplace and feel unappreciated and as if they cannot satisfy their goals and needs, employee morale is negative or low. If employees dislike their manager and compete with coworkers for attention and appreciation, morale is generally low.
If employees lack confidence in the company’s leadership and direction, morale is affected. When an employee is not sure what is expected from him or her, so they never feel a sense of accomplishment, morale is low.
Employee morale is defined by the employee's outlook, optimism, self-concept, and assured belief in themselves and their organization, its mission, goals, defined path, daily decisions, and employee appreciation. Faith in self and faith in their organization are both important factors in positive employee morale.
Want to boost employee morale in your organization? Here's how you can bolster morale.
Improve Employee Morale
Factors that can contribute to positive employee morale include, but are not limited, to these. Almost anything you do that contributes to a positive work environment for employees helps to build employee morale.
When you take care of factors such as these, employee morale can remain high even in turbulent, uncertain times. But, if you fail to pay attention to these morale boosters, your organization will never experience the success it deserves.
- provide reasonable, supportive management and leadership personnel who have integrity and will treat employees fairly and consistently,
- treat employees with respect,
- treat employees as if they matter as your organization’s most significant resources,
- provide regular employee recognition,
- empower employees to make decisions about their job,
- offer open and regular communication about factors important to employees,
- provide feedback and coaching,
- offer above industry-average benefits and compensation,
- offer employees the opportunity to develop their professional skills and their careers,
- provide employee perks and company activities, and
- manage employees within a positive success framework of goals, measurements, and clear expectations.
You can measure your organization's success in developing and fostering positive employee morale by using the methods described in measuring employee satisfaction. Building positive employee morale is not difficult in most organizations, but it does take desire, commitment, and attention to the tiny details on the part of management and the organization. Get started today to build a workplace that fosters positive employee morale.