3 WAYS TO BOOST EMPLOYEE MORALE AND MOTIVATION
The growth and success of a company rely heavily on the employees that work there. If the employees enjoy their jobs, feel appreciated by the company, and get satisfaction out of what they are doing, they are more apt to be motivated to work harder and exhibit more positive morale overall.
On the other hand, low morale could affect the performance of employees and result in a negative impact on the success of a company. Maintaining that high morale, which in turn spurs motivation in employees, begins with those in charge putting the proper systems in place to boost their employees every day they come to work. Why are morale and motivation so important, and what are some steps your company can take to improve? These questions are answered below:
WHAT ARE EMPLOYEE MORALE AND MOTIVATION?
The morale of an employee represents their contentment in their job, their attitude toward their workplace, and their willingness to contribute to the success of the company. Put simply, it’s how an employee feels about their job and the environment they work in. This morale is what has a positive or negative influence on the motivation that comes from each employee. That motivation is shown in the overall productivity of the workplace and the attitude the employees show among each other, to their employers, and even to the customers they serve.
High morale generally results in a more productive and happier workplace. Employees are satisfied with their jobs and continue to work in order to improve and excel. Low morale could result in a lack of motivation, mistakes, missed deadlines, and overall poor job performance. This would no doubt negatively impact the company. So, what can employers do to boost morale and motivation in their employees?
HOW TO BOOST MORALE AND MOTIVATION
The best way to boost morale and motivation in your employees is by showing them you appreciate them and want to support them in the work they are doing. This appreciation can be shown in a variety of ways, but below are outlined just three of some of the simplest yet effective ways to do so.
1. COFFEE STATIONS
You may be thinking that coffee is a pretty rudimentary element in an office environment, but the effect it can have on people’s morale is significant. According to a study done by the well-known coffee brand Nespresso, 90% of employees who regularly drink quality coffee while at the office feel motivated to give their best at work. This statistic alone shows how important it is to have coffee available to your employees, but another 75% feel that if their employer provides quality coffee in the office, it shows their employer cares about their well-being.
Coffee is something people tend to have as a part of their daily routine at a set time or regular interval throughout the day. Providing your employees with a place to go and get that all-important fix—without having to waste time and money by leaving the office—can go a long way to boosting their morale and, therefore, their motivation.
2. GRAB AND GO OPTIONS
Besides having a good pick-me-up throughout the day, your employees need food that is easily accessible and quick to eat. Setting up a grab-and-go station potentially gives your employees the fast options they need to have a snack or lunch while working or on a break.
Fast food is not the inexpensive option it used to be, so employees are looking for that quick food option that isn’t going to cost them half their paycheck to get. Giving your employees a variety of food and snack options could motivate them to stay in the office, which will promote a sense of community within the workplace and get them back to work faster.
Within these food selections, it’s important to offer a range of options appealing to every type of diet or food restriction. According to research done at Harvard University, boosting healthy lifestyles throughout a workforce can provide a nearly 300% ROI. Giving your employees healthy options as well as ones that fit their needs or desires could potentially have a massive impact on your business overall.
3. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION
When employees are recognized at work, they are four times as likely to be actively engaged, and 73% say they are less likely to feel burned out. Employee recognition is important and a key factor in boosting and maintaining the morale of your employees. Recognition can come in the form of a simple card thanking them for their hard work, a celebration of an important event such as a birthday or anniversary, or a monetary or other tangible gift given to reward an employee.
Whatever the type of recognition, you should do so consistently and equally throughout your workforce. Showing your employees you truly appreciate the work they do can go a long way toward motivating them to continue to work hard and do their best.
HOW TO MAKE THE BOOST HAPPEN
Outlined above are some simple yet very effective ways to boost the morale and motivation of your employees. The feelings of your employees within your office can have a large impact on the success of your business. Ensuring they are satisfied and appreciated is key to maintaining that high morale all employers want in their company. Contact Prestige Services today to get help setting up quality workplace stations for your employees to enjoy throughout their workday.