Ample studies show that happy employees are more productive, more innovative, and less inclined to seek employment elsewhere. It is worth it, both for ethical and financial reasons, to invest in your employee’s happiness. Here are three ways to improve morale at your company.
Certain benefits have come to be expected from employers. These include health insurance, investment matching, and paid time off. If you don’t already offer those benefits, consider doing so. Competitive benefits are critical components of recruiting the best talent. If you do offer the basics, think about how you can expand benefits to become even more competitive. For example, what about offering free gym use, daily lunches, discounts on travel, wellness reimbursement, student loan payment, flexible hours, or free life coaching? Many of the world’s top companies such as Salesforce, Google, and Intel offer these perks and more.
Host an Event
Sometimes all your employees need to feel valued and appreciated is a special event held in their honor from time to time. The more thought and time you put into your event, the more impactful it will be. You have many options for this. You could cater a special meal during work hours and hold an award ceremony. You could book a fun activity at another venue. Or maybe you prefer to show your gratitude with a day of pampering. Whatever you decide, plan ahead. You should work out technical details long before your event begins.
Promote Proper Work-Life Balance
Proper work-life balance is vital for well-being. However, many employees feel pressured to extend their workday well into their personal and family time. This is especially true if they see you working beyond normal work hours. Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to set the standard and the example of a proper work-life balance. For example, you might want to set up a rule that says there should be no work emails sent out between the hours of, say, 6:00 pm and 6:00 am. Your compliance and gentle reminders where necessary should be enough to lead your workplace culture toward greater balance. This, in turn, will boost morale and decrease employee burnout.
We are entering a new age that understands the human aspect of a business. Your employees may work for you, but they are first and foremost human beings. They will be far more efficient, creative, innovative, and even healthier if they feel appreciated, heard, and happy at work. You can easily improve morale at your company by expanding employee benefits, hosting appreciation events, and promoting proper work-life balance.
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