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Employee morale is a vital component to business success. If your employees drag their feet into work feeling unmotivated, they aren’t going to perform at their best, and that means the business will suffer. There’s a higher risk of conflict too. So what can you do, as their leader, to improve team morale?

Let’s find out:

Make them feel valued – If an employee feels that the work they’re doing isn’t benefiting the business, they’re going to feel down about it. They want to feel like they’re adding value to the place they work; it’s your job to make them feel that way.

Share information on how much work certain departments have done and give mention to special performances. Make sure they know how the work they do aids the company. It’s so easy to feel like just a cog in a machine in a big work environment, but if they understand the process, they’ll feel more like part of a team. And that’s important.

Reward – If an employee works extra hard all week and receives nothing for it, do you expect them to put that same effort in again next week? It doesn’t work like that I’m afraid. Plus, if workers are going the extra mile and not being rewarded it’s going to hit morale hard.

So pick out special performances and reward them. You don’t have to go overboard, a bottle of wine, or a meal will do just fine.

Make work comfortable – How happy would you be if you had to sit in an uncomfortable office chair 8 hours a day, 5 days a week? It wouldn’t do much for productivity or morale, would it?

Invest in the equipment you provide your employees with and make sure that they’re comfortable where they work. Things like air con, wrist rests, and proper lighting are essential.

Open your door – There are always issues that arise in the office and your employees will come to you for help. Don’t be the boss that isn’t approachable, because that makes for unhappy work place. Employ an open door policy where, if any employee has an issue, you’re more than happy to talk those problems through.

It’s a small thing that can go a long way.

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