3 Ways You can Improve Your Team Morale Today
As a manager you have an important role of trying to keep your employees motivated at work. Sometimes there is little a manager can do in terms of changing compensation or providing promotions, but there are many more ways to boost morale. I wanted to share with you three tools I’ve seen be successful that you can use to build team morale and show people they are valued parts of a team.
1. Help them see the value of the work they do
This may sound a bit cheesy, but how often do you think a fastfood restaurant manager takes the time to explain the immense value a fast food assembly line provides to the restaurant? Explaining the value of why taking orders, food prep, and food delivery is broken down into different stations. Showing them that by excelling at their jobs they help create those memories for families of their child playing with a kid’s meal toy. My guess would be not many, but if I were a 16 year old worker and I had my boss giving the team a pep talk like we were part of an army food supply chain, explaining that by working as a team we were able to serve way more people than individually, I’m pretty sure work would be a lot more fun that night and it would be bearable to deal with the incredibly rude people that can come through a fast food restaurant.
No additional wages were handed out, but a value was placed on the work each employee did, and they were able to see how it fit together in the big picture. If you can’t do that with your employees than you may need to reconsider what they are working on.
3. Take a second to connect and swap stories in the morning, remember we all have lives outside of work
One of my favorite things about my a previous manager was her ability and willingness to share personal embarrassing stories in the morning as we started the day. She would show us she was human, and would take the time to listen to how our weekends and evenings went. Even though things get hectic, it was those morning talks that always helped us remember we are all human. Remember to keep it professional, but a lot can come from a little vulnerability.
3. Find ways to remind them you appreciate them
Good leaders always have little ways they show their team and people they appreciate them. From thank you cards to surprising them with their favorite coffee, showing your employees you appreciate them will foster a strong team. If your employees can be confident in their abilities and their value to the team you allow them to take pride in the company’s success. They are then driven to maintain that success.
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