According to research from Gallup, only 31.5 percent of U.S. employees were engaged in their jobs in 2014. That means nearly 70 percent of your staff is disengaged or unhappy with their work. Meanwhile, other Gallup research found disengaged employees costs the U.S. between $450 and $550 billion in lost productivity each year.
Don’t wait until poor morale and dwindling productivity tank your office. It’s time to create a long-term strategy to boost morale while giving your employees the perks and recognition they deserve. It won’t just make your employees happier, it could improve your bottom line and give your profits a boost too. Here’s how to get started.
Keep Work Active
According to research journal “Obesity,” a treadmill desk can not only improve employees’ health, but boost their productivity in comparison to their sedentary counterparts. If a treadmill desk for your entire team is out of reach, implement walking meetings or stand-up coffee breaks to get employees’ blood pumping.
Gym memberships can also give employees a reason to stay fit, reduce their stress and offer team building incentives with group fitness classes. A gym like 24 Hour Fitness can fit into anyone’s schedule and incentivize those late night workers to stop at the gym for a class or quick workout on their way home.
Celebrate Work Anniversaries
Remind employees why you hired them in the first place by making a big deal out of their work anniversary. Take them out to lunch, give them a gift basket or offer a bonus to set the mood. A publicly celebrated work anniversary can reignite the passion your employee brought to their position in the first place. Request an informal, friendly meeting on each work anniversary to talk about their goals for the upcoming year and reflect on how far they’ve come.
Offer Play Time
Research from Boston College found that free play is highly important to social development. But playtime isn’t just for kids. Give employees a chance to play by organizing an office baseball league, trip to the amusement park during a weekday or by setting up a game of darts and ping-pong in an empty room. Your employees will have more time to bond as a group while clearing their minds for the next big idea.
If you’re still on the fence, consider that multi-billion dollar corporation Google offers game rooms, nap rooms and plenty of around-the-clock perks to keep their employees engaged and happy.
Support Personal Time
Any good boss respects the fact that their employees have a personal life. Show your support by supporting personal projects and volunteer causes. Choose one day a quarter where employees can work on anything they want. If free time at the office won’t work, consider being flexible about leaving early to pursue other projects once in awhile or donating to your employees’ favorite charity. By supporting personal time, you’re illustrating that you care about your employees happiness inside and out of the office.
Embrace New Ideas
At the end of the day, employees want to feel valued and like they’re contributing to something bigger than just their job title. Offer plenty of feedback and keep your team engaged by listening to ideas with an open mind. Give high-performing employees access to senior managers to share ideas and publicly praise their work to others.
And if your team works remotely, start a monthly internal newsletter to showcase the talent of your office whether they came up with an amazing idea that boosted revenue, or raised funds for the local animal shelter as part of their favorite cause.
Please share below: in what ways did you improve the morale in your workplace?