Team morale is important. It boosts productivity and increases collaboration, not to mention staff retention, which should be one of your main priorities in 2023. New year, new start. When your office is a happy place, people want to stay. That’s… err, physics. But for those solving the problems, it can be tough managing every office detail. Because the truth is that the minutiae you alter en masse are what turns your office into a place people want to work, even more so than before.
That’s where lists like these come in. In this article, we’ll explore five key areas for you to consider working on to make your office the most energized, collaborative, and productive environment that it can be. Read on to find out some of the best quick morale boosters.
Smooth over the small tokens of functionality and get the place running clean as a whistle. That could include ensuring that the printer ink and paper never run dry (you still print, right?) or ensuring that everybody generally has functioning equipment. That way, their tasks are streamlined, and no minor hiccups get in the way of the daily workflow. If you’re feeling creative, try and devise a game out of it.
Big or small, share your wins. Acknowledging successes shows the team that they are valued and valuable. You could consider turning this into a game too. Posters and “employee of the month”-esque competitions are always great morale-boosting activities. Plus, everybody likes to be validated and to feel that they make a positive difference in your company.
Another way to make staff feel valued is to take their suggestions. Whether this is about what food to have for breaks and lunch, suggestions on tools and platforms to use, or office politics in general, there are no greater team morale boosters than those which address issues in common and give your staff a voice. Suggestion? Get the artsy-crafty types in your office to build an anonymous suggestions box.
Great office catering programs give your teammates something to look forward to while relieving them of the grind of making their own food every day. All you need is a cost-efficient, convenient platform through which to order your grub, and you’re on your way.
It’s good to give your staff the means to communicate their feedback. Showing them that you’re implementing that feedback takes this a step further. An open gesture like sharing a recently incorporated suggestion at a team meeting or using a whiteboard to list changes provides your team with the opportunity to see the transparency and trust in the process.
There are many fun ways to boost morale at work, and it’s always worth re-evaluating its effect. Have there been tangible gains since you began the process? Are there other quick morale boosters that you can thread through your office? If you need a hand with little things, don’t forget that recurring employee meals can provide your team with morale-boosting nutrients, which make a BIG difference in the work day. Ultimately, your efforts will push your company in a positive direction.