Enhancing employee morale and retention
Do your employee’s have to drag themselves into work every day? Do they rush out of the door, given the opportunity? Do your employees look like they are enjoying their time at work?
If not, you may need to boost morale within your company. Employee morale is defined as the job satisfaction, outlook, and feelings of well-being an employee has within a workplace setting. Proven to have a direct effect on productivity, it is one of the corner stones of business. Having a high standard of employee morale can have a huge positive affect on businesses, it gives people a reason to come into work besides ‘needing the money’. It may also prevent employees leaving early, calling in sick and having a low work ethic.
Obviously, the amount a business can offer their employees depends upon their financial resources such as Google offering “free lifts to work” and “extended time off for employees to follow their passions”. But a change in managerial strategy or for a small fee, your business can yield rich rewards. In our business, it seems as simple as introducing a weekly tradition such as bacon sandwiches, dress-down, and beers on a Friday, as well as holding quarterly socials.
Below is a list of strategies that businesses can easily implement to boost employee morale:
1. Praise – saying thank you to an employee for a job well done (and it’s free!)
2. Introducing an employee of the month or competitions for employees to work towards a goal.
3. Sharing a positive recommendation about an employee from clients/customers around the office.
4. Featuring 'stand out' employees in company news/ social media.
5. Keeping reminders of positive contributions your employees make, to refer back to in meetings.
6. Social activities i.e. teambuilding, drinks outside of work, sporting activities, events etc….
7. External Staff training – free training it always a benefit!
8. Subsidising cost of exams/ courses.
9. Bringing in treats, i.e. cakes on employee’s birthdays.
10. Celebrate completion of projects, quarters, financial year…
11. Provide onsite services – i.e. free tea, coffee, biscuits.
12. New challenges for employees i.e. learning new software’s & technologies, extending their boundaries and comfort zones.
13. Empower employees to make their own decisions.
14. Ask for team’s input – i.e. ideas on how to grow/progress as a business.
15. Ask employees about their career aspirations – how do they want to grow in their profession?
16. Working from home opportunities.
16. Flexible time off work for doctors appointments and other personal matters which isn't deducted from employee holiday allowance.
To hear about our vacancies or for more information on how we can help your business fulfil its recruitment needs. Please visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk or call 02380 111 813.