As more businesses have made the move to hybrid working, teams have had to adapt to their new working environment. There’s been a strong emphasis on improving employees' productivity but it’s time to start thinking about shifting this focus. Employers should be moving their focus to boost their teams' morale.
The number one priority of any employer should be the well-being of their employees and this includes providing a positive workplace culture. Increasing morale can improve employee loyalty and productivity in the long term.
There are some simple changes that you can make to boost your teams’ morale while working remotely.
Online Team Building Exercises
Communication and collaboration are both crucially important when looking at improving morale and productivity. But you can’t have either of these or run a successful business, without team spirit. There’s no better way to create team spirit than digital team-building exercises. They are the perfect way to get everyone working together without doing any actual work.
Why not host a game night, virtual karaoke or a virtual happy hour? There are so many other ideas that you could choose from. Get the whole team involved and let everyone pitch in ideas. Choose one idea and get the team together once a month.
Play Games/Trivia at the Start of Meetings
Remember that it doesn’t always have to be no work, no play. Making sure employees are having fun while working is a priority when trying to boost morale. The best way to introduce fun into work is through Games and Trivia.
Playing a short 10-minute game or quiz at the start of morning meetings is sure to boost morale and ensure everyone is in a great mood for the rest of the day.
Make Time for Employee's Gratitude
One of the quickest and most effective ways to boost morale is to let your employees know how much you appreciate them. It’s not just big wins that should be celebrated, make sure you are setting aside time every week to thank them. Everyone likes to feel valued at work no matter how big or small. Maybe they’ve produced a good piece of work or perhaps logging on every day has been a big step for them this week, let them know you’re thankful.
You could send a message in your work group chat (if you have one) but it’s much more personal if you send them individually. Taking 10/15 minutes out of your day to do this will give an instant morale boost and set a positive tone for the rest of the week.
Allow for More Flexibility
Sticking to a typical 9-5 structure while being remote, while easy for some, can be a struggle for others. Every person is different which means that they work differently. For example, some people just aren’t morning people no matter how much they try. As long as it works for your business, allow these people to start work an hour or so later.
Working when they feel the most productive will help them to create work they are much happier with. If they’re happier with their work then they are going to be much happier in general while working.
Identify & Speak With Morale-Busters
I’m sure most of us have had that one member of the team that drags the mood down for everyone else by being constantly negative. Hopefully, your team doesn’t have anyone like this but if you’re not sure then you need to find out.
Talk to your team members individually to find out if there is anyone on the team causing a negative environment. Once you’ve identified them, have a private chat to see if there’s anything wrong. They may be stressed at home or struggling with their work and need an extra bit of support. Make sure to be delicate with the conversation and not tell them what has been said by everyone else. This may make them feel worse.
Online Coffee Catch-ups
Coffee catch-ups are the perfect way to bring back the social aspect of working that came with being in the office. Many employees are sitting at home, all alone and don’t get a chance to have a chat. Having a bit of time to be able to gossip about life and hobbies is a great way to boost morale.
Catch-ups may work differently depending on how your team works. Maybe a quick catch-up every morning is a great way for your team to start the day or perhaps a longer catch-up at the end of the week - it’s totally up to you.
Implement a Company Intranet
Intranets have a number of different uses and benefits but one of the best benefits is Communication. Communication is more important than ever with more employees being remote. An intranet is a perfect hub for the whole team, even the whole business, to talk to each other. It restores the idea of being back in the office without ever having to actually be in the office.
To find out more about implementing an Intranet at your business contact us here.
Positive workplace culture is the key to increasing productivity and employee loyalty. These are both important factors in building and securing a successful business. If you start following these steps you will create a positive work environment whilst helping keep morale high.