The best ways to maintain a good team morale within the workplace
Given the abundant uncertainty that has been swirling in the country’s political and economic spheres recently, it shouldn’t surprise that employee morale has suffered as a result. smallbusiness.co.uk cites a recent study where 58% of a thousand UK employees reported feeling anxious in the workplace due to such uncertainty.
As a boss, however, there are ways that you can at least help to relieve work-hours trauma, which could otherwise threaten your workers’ productivity and, by extension, your company’s success.
Here are some of the techniques that we would eagerly suggest:
Encourage your employees to actively commute
The study, which OnePoll conducted on Cyclescheme’s behalf, reported that – particularly in Article 50’s wake – actively commuting made workers happier.
50% of surveyed cycle commuters reported feeling sufficient mental and physical energy for maintaining happiness and productivity through each workday; the same percentage was 39% for train commuters and 37% with bus commuters. Also, 68% of cyclists claimed that, during the day, their interactions with workmates were positive. 61% of those who travelled by train and 62% of respondents who drove or took the bus to work said the same.
Communicate openly during big changes
Your business could be going through some significant changes that might not always have obvious positive implications for many of your workers. For example, maybe profits haven’t been growing as quickly as you had originally anticipated, leading you to make budget cuts. Alternatively, you might have just opted to hold off on a previously ambitious recruitment drive.
During such changes, keep corporate communication channels open. If you don’t openly clarify what exactly is happening, this could encourage unhelpful gossip among your employees. They could speculate that the changes are going to be much worse for them than they actually will be.
To prevent this kind of thing happening, you could follow Entrepreneur’s advice to host open discussions where questions can be asked. At these discussions, coherently explain upcoming changes and how employees are involved in those changes. Regularly schedule these discussions where leaders and employees across all levels can participate in an open dialogue.
Bring workers together at team-building events
When your workers feel pressure, you can still help instill unity between them by arranging for team-building occasions. Some fun ideas for such occasions include a themed “escape” room in the office and set up an “about me” wall to which workers attach sticky notes detailing personal stories. Subjects for stories could include “my first day”, “proudest moment”, and “personal hobbies”.
Workers could also bond as a result of corporate training. Such training that you could arrange for includes that of stress management in London. At Frosch Learning, we can provide training of that kind and which is specifically aimed at helping people who are adversely affected by stress that is starting to, or likely to, hinder their work.