Managing a team comes with many responsibilities and considerations; often team morale isn’t a primary concern when there are deadlines to meet. However, morale influences a range of factors – including increasing engagement and productivity, decreasing turn over and absenteeism and attracting new talented employees, all of which help to gain results and increase profits.
Research has supported these notions, for instance, it has been found the 51% of employees claimed to be less productive at work because of stress. Furthermore, it is estimated that in the healthcare industry alone there are 22 million employees actively disengageng which is said to cost the US economy up to $350 billion dollars per year due to lost productivity.
So, whilst you may not feel you have time to worry about morale because you’re preoccupied with day-to-day operations, it may be worth your while to take some time to consider it. Here are a few ideas to help boost morale and hopefully maintain a steady work level:
Offer Incentives and Bonuses
In a recent study, it was found the 43% of workers cite “lack of recognition” as a reason for unhappiness in the workplace. So it’s important to show team members your appreciation for all the work they’ve done. This can be in the form of a team meal, bonuses, an extra day off, whatever your company can spare without upsetting your balance. Having a group activity outside the office helps team members bond and get away from any office tensions there might be. A change of scenery can get everyone out of their team roles and can help break the usual office dynamics. These kinds of occasions can be particularly beneficial for any new team members to get to know everyone within the team.
Another way to help motivate team members is to offer incentives for fulfilling targets. You can make finishing work more fun by offering a small reward. It’s important to listen to team members and offer them something they actually want, so why not ask them what kind of incentives would motivate them the most? Rewards systems can encourage a friendly competitive atmosphere within the team and help to get more work done.
Being flexible with people’s working hours is always appreciated by team members. Of course you probably need a certain amount of days covered by the team overall but allowing people to take half days or unpaid leave will make things a lot easier for team members. You could even offer holiday based incentives, so that if a certain amount of work is completed early then more time off is allowed. This is guaranteed to make team members work faster and allows them to have time off whilst productivity remains consistent. Furthermore, being flexible demonstrates that you trust your team members to do the work even when you’re not there to check up on them, which can help boost morale.
Having processes in place can help ease the workload and help hand overs if individuals have time off due to annual leave or illness and others have to take on their work. Having a structure to the way things work and proper documentation can be invaluable in situations where multiple team members are absent. A good way to make sure you have a thorough set of procedures recorded and in place is to get an ISO 9001 certification. This can help to systemise your business practices and streamline them, to find out more about ISO 9001 click here.