In the modern era, it can be a challenge to maintain employee morale. With many employees now telecommuting, it provides greater convenience yet new challenges with maintaining a work-life balance. Also, the reduced communication can be difficult for some.
If a person’s eyes are the “window into the soul”, morale is the window into the soul of a company or organization. If your employee morale is good, the essence of your company is likely healthy. If employee morale is falling short, something is likely very wrong internally and needs to be addressed.
Good employee morale is like Schrodinger’s cat; it exists and doesn’t exist simultaneously. Managers will often accept a lack of complaining or feedback as a sign that morale is good. However, in many cases, thoughts and sentiments that go unaddressed for a period of time will almost always manifest themselves in one of three predictable ways:
· Decreased Individual Performance – which can lead to indifference, job dissatisfaction or turnover
· Reputation Liability – for employees who leave poor reviews on websites like Glassdoor after a falling out or other situation. This can make it difficult to find new talent.
· Over-Budget Personnel Costs – turnover kills projects and results in greater overall costs due to knowledge loss, catch-up variables and costs associated with recruiting a replacement.
Poor Employee Morale Must Be Addressed Proactively
Poor employee morale can easily permeate within an organization and cause a range of issues, including both a short and long term damaging effect when it is not addressed proactively. Morale is dynamic and must be surveyed frequently rather than left alone for extended periods of time. Check in with your employees often and consistently. Use non-invasive tracking methods like RocketKlock, an employee ecosystem/timekeeping tool created and developed by TangoAlpha3, allows employees to share as much or as little information as they would like with their weekly time submittal.
Think About How Trends Are Affecting Your Employees
Also think about how current trends, events, or personal issues are affecting your employees. Like many, they may be experiencing a higher level of stress due to situations like COVID-19 or personal events which can further affect their morale.
Be cognizant of personal situations and events, emergencies or other stressors that may be taking away their focus from work. Work with your employees to address these environmental factors as much as possible and provide them with the flexibility to budget their time if they are dealing with challenges.
RocketKlock’s platform is designed to identify potential events that can have a negative effect on employee morale so you can proactively participate in outreach.
Strategies to Boost Employee Morale at Your Workplace
Good employee morale is the natural result of an efficient, communicative, open, collaborative and trusting work environment. The nature of your work culture may be unique, but there are core factors that many organizations with good morale have in common.
They often encourage open communication. A continual feedback system is also effective for helping employees gauge their own strengths and weaknesses and understand how they are contributing to the firm. Also seeking employee opinions and feedback on upcoming ideas is helpful for getting them more engaged and motivated.
In general, promoting good morale is a healthy practice for your organization. It illustrates genuine concern for your employees, it is good business all around and it should be a part of every company’s wellness strategy.
Check out RocketKlock to see how it can benefit you and your business.
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