Boost Team Morale to Help Improve Productivity

Posted April 24, 2014

The success of an organization depends on the productivity of its employees.  As long as you have a great team with positive employees, they’ll put forth the effort needed to strive for continual growth.  However, low team morale can stifle productivity in even the most productive workers.

Boost Morale and Increase Organizational Success.

Get employees involved.

A person is more motivated to succeed at the things they personally choose to attempt.  Knowing this, you should make sure employees are involved in choosing team goals and making decisions.  At very least, you should involve them in the decision plan on how to achieve the goals.  Involvement in decisions will generate personal buy-in and positivity.  If you don’t take employee’s perspectives into account, they’ll feel like nobody is listening to them and low morale will ensue.

Explain the rules.

Giving employees a task without rules or parameters can be the main ingredient in the recipe for low office morale.  Ever spend countless hours working on a project only to be told you need to change direction because of guidelines you were never informed about?  You know how frustrating and demoralizing that feels.  If you find out parameters weren’t clearly communicated at the beginning of the project, communicate them immediately and offer any assistance you can to get the project back on track as quickly as possible.

Listen to employee concerns.

It’s important to remember that each one of your employees is an individual with different work and learning styles. Meet with your employees on a one-on-one basis.  Ask for their input and listen to any feedback they have. Make an effort to address their concerns.  Finding out what each employee desires, as well as their career goals, will allow you to tailor your motivational efforts to their needs, which will boost overall morale.

Host fun activities.

Fostering a collaborative environment motivates employees to be more productive.  One way to do this is through bi-weekly team building activities. Have a team lunch or play an icebreaker game where employees have to work together to solve a made up problem.  When employees bond over non-work related problems, it helps them grow stronger as a team.  A strong team bond will boost morale and make employees more motivated in their job because they develop a fear of letting their team down.

Make teamwork a part of your culture.

If you don’t work as a team, nobody will win. Companies that have the most sought after corporate culture, emphasize the need for teamwork among employees, departments, and customers. The days of pitting one star employee against another are over. Morale is highest in teams where there is open communication and regular feedback. Make sure to always reward teams for a job well done and show team-members how much they’re appreciated. A simple thank you can go a long way.

It’s important to remember that low morale is an emotional issue that can easily be avoided by making sure your employees have the resources they need to do their job well.  Employees must feel that they are a valuable asset to the team, so make sure you’re encouraging the right attitude.

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