Improving Morale is Now More Critical Than Ever
There's never been a more important time to boost employee morale. But you didn't need us to tell you that. The news "out there" is bleak and the prospect,often unfounded but possibly legitimate, of people losing their jobs is putting many workers on edge. Increasing financial pressures at home are also creating anxiety for many people. Now is the time to make the work environment a haven, aplace to "come in out of the cold." We don't mean it's time to renovate the conference room with plush couches or stock the pantry with comfort foods.Encouraging kindness by example, providing a shoulder to lean on and sharing small extras go a long way. You can also increase the frequency of on-the-spot recognition awards and devise some clever reasons to do so. Perhaps it's the wackiest tie of the week. Or the most creative response to an unhappy customer.Rewards for these types of actions need not be extravagant. Even an "atta boy"e-mail, with copies sent to higher-ups, goes a long way in boosting morale.Unfortunately, it's these "little" actions that seem to fall by the wayside when the pressure is on. So, for the next few months, we encourage you to step back, take a breath and mark down specific dates on your calendar when you can deliver acts of kindness. We guarantee your small gestures will have a ripple effect that will help your team weather the storm.
From the Incentive Research Foundation.
Posted on Mon, January 26, 2009
by Kurt McDowell filed under