Every business manager wants the same thing: A team with good morale that’s motivated to do great things day after day.
While we are all accountable for our own thoughts and attitudes, too often, the conditions set by workplace supervisors lead to unhappy and uninspired employees. As a leader, it’s crucial to identify how you impact those around you. Regardless of where you are in the company, from middle manager to chief executive, your actions and attitude impact your team.
Attitude alone is not enough to engage and inspire employees. To truly maintain high worker morale, you must be vigilant about spotting any causes of low morale and taking action on the sources of frustration.
Think about the following causes and ways to boost worker morale at your workplace.
1) A lack of trust and mutual respect
Solid, effective relationships are forged based on trust. If you don’t have strong, trusting relationships with your employees, everything you do will be viewed as manipulation. For example, staff members may see a recognition program as a means to get more out of them, as opposed to being a way to genuinely show appreciation.
It’s not difficult to build trusting relationships with your employees. It simply calls for showing them respect, defining expectations and not micromanaging. Most workers respond positively to having their job well-defined and being allowed to fail occasionally without being penalized. Respected staff members are more attentive, creative and effective. When they do make an error, they’ll be more likely to seek help if necessary then move on confidently.
2) A toxic employee
Too often businesses are afraid to remove toxic employees. Sometimes, they’re one of the best performers and compromises are made to keep them. However, a study indicates that businesses are better off parting ways with even the most talented employee.
If you have a toxic worker on your hands, build a case to get rid of them, take action and move your team forward without that person.
3) Unchallenging work
If somebody has nothing but dull, menial duties and feels unchallenged, they are more likely to grow bored and disengaged. As opposed to having one or two employees stuck doing only menial tasks, try to do them together. As it so happens, not only does this keep employees from feeling disengaged, it also causes people to work longer and harder on these tasks.
Also, you should constantly be on the lookout for ways to challenge your workers and mix up the routine.
4) Not listening to what employees are saying
When a manager stops listening to their employees, it can cause morale to plummet. One way to avoid this is to emphasize one-on-one meetings. When these meetings are done properly, they can effectively tackle problems, provide coaching, source feedback and even provide career conversations for employees feeling disengaged.