Increasing employee morale without increasing salaries

Your employees are the ones who help reach the collective goals of the organization. Thus, it is very important to keep their morale up so they can work towards achieving better results. This is a collaborative blog by L. Blake Harvey, Tuso Boothe, and Damila Howard.

Recognize individual employees

Tell people when they are doing a fabulous job. Praise your employees at staff meetings, or take the time to thank them in a hand-written note.  Whatever the message, the most important thing is that employees know that their hard work is noticed and appreciated.

Give them responsibility

All of your employees can point out inefficiencies in your organization, but not all feel empowered to do so. Listen to employees to learn about what gets “in the way of the good job they want to do” and then involve them in the process to eliminate these barriers.

Give small perks with big personal impact

Businesses can reward their staff with perks that truly make a difference in the lives of their employees. Ever considered one day of week where your staff can work from home?

Be transparent and keep staff in the loop at all times

Nobody likes to be the last to know, but when employees don’t know what is going on in their own company, productive time can give way to duplicate or unnecessary efforts on the part of the staff.  Worse yet, when employees are only given part of the story, not the whole picture, they are left to fill in the blanks with gossip, rumors, and worry.

More ideas to consider implementing: 

  1. To reduce the stress level of employees, get rid of equipment that doesn’t work well such as computers, photocopier, fax machine etc and replace it. Make sure the supplies are always enough and the kitchen is stocked with provisions.
  2. Give importance to the ideas and advice of your employees. Encourage them to speak up on different issues that relate to the organization or themselves. Implement their ideas if practical and let people know of their contribution.
  3. Today, we live in an era where 40 percent of emails are not given any value. It means that rather than emailing the person who sits two floors down, just go and talk to him/her directly; it strengthens the relationship.
  4. Offer your employees to sit with you for a day even if you are meeting someone. This will boost the morale of the employees up to a great extent and a give them lots of useful insight too.
  5. Maintain a specific budget for entertainment. Arrange a team to decide the fair allocation of the budget for each quarter.