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How Can You Improve Staff Morale?


Have you noticed that your company morale is very low? What are some of the initiatives you can implement? Many organisations typically address the issue of low morale by holding "fun" activities, and hope for miracles. Sadly, this results in wasted resources, time and effort. Worse still, since no major improvements are visible, both staff and the management team become skeptical as to whether anything can really be done.

The starting point is to conduct a root cause analysis via an employee engagement survey. The survey results will generally give you an indication of where the "sore points" are. Since a lot of this information is quantitative in nature, a useful next step is to conduct focus group sessions with individuals from various functional groups and management levels. During these sessions, questions that have faired poorly in the survey ratings can be discussed at length.

The focus group session usually provides valuable insights on the "triggers" of low morale. These "triggers" may be linked to anything from process and leadership to job task and welfare. This information also enables you to identify the necessary corrective action required to address the issue. Hence, your efforts will be more directed and targeted at boosting morale at the workplace. On a final note, once the action steps or corrective actions have been identified, it is imperative for you to communicate this information to the staff,

How Can I Foster Team Spirit?

Using T.E.A.M (Target. Encouragement. Activities. Manager), one area to look into is the "Target" set. Draw up not just individual targets but team targets as well. This will encourage your team to focus on how they can work together to meet the group target, instead of "fighting" to out-do one another. When you see any of your team members showing team spirit, offer some form of "Encouragement".

Praise verbally or send an e-mail message to the entire team to highlight the positive behavior. Consider organising monthly or quarterly "Activities" such as dinner or bowling sessions to give your team a chance to gel in a non-work environment. Generally, when they return to the office, they will work more as "friends" than "foes". 

As a "Manager" of the team, always demonstrate the behaviors of a good team worker because your team will observe and tend to follow your example. Ultimately, if you want the team to embrace teamwork, you must show them the benefits of teamwork.

 

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