We know, we know. It's been a tough few years. High
unemployment and unfavorable business conditions linger, the country just went
through a bruising election cycle and now the holiday crunch time is in the offing.
When life feels overwhelming, enthusiasm for digging in
at work can be underwhelming. If low morale is an issue for you (or your staff)
it's time to bust out of that slump.
Your Motor Running
a new challenge: Freshen up your daily routine by taking on
a different project or adding a new skill set. A break from the "same old, same
old" can be revitalizing.
a break: When the days seem long, break work into 90-minute
chunks and then take a breather with a trip to the office kitchen for a healthy
snack or a brisk walk around the block. Make a habit or recharging your
batteries every few hours.
a longer break: Consider using a vacation day for a
three-day weekend or an even longer time off. Vacations can be a perfect way to
reset and regroup.
a support team: Enlist a trusted co-worker, friend or
spouse to help you keep your chin up. Schedule time for blowing off steam and generating
positive energy. This group can be a sounding board for work challenges and can
also provide much needed non-work related diversions.
Yourself: Have you put in a good day's work? Reward yourself.
Treat yourself to delivery for dinner. Or plan a fun Friday night out after a
long week. Promise yourself a pedicure or a movie when you finish an
outstanding project. Incentivize yourself to get working!
Up Your Team
Thanks: When bonus money is tight, don't underestimate the
power of a heartfelt thank you. Everyone likes to be recognized for their
contributions so be sure to thank employees for a job well done. Get specific,
praise them for revenue raised or an event organized with polish and panache.
Things Can Go a Long Way: Show your staff you appreciate their
efforts with gift cards to local lunch places or pizza party Fridays. Can't
dish out big raises? Offer an extra paid vacation day on their birthdays. Small
gestures can go a long way.
Public Recognition: Has a staff member been burning the
midnight oil? Did someone recently land a big client? Give a public shout-out at
an all-hands meeting or staff retreat. Publically recognizing someone for their
efforts is a fantastic morale booster.
Training and Skill-Building Classes: Encouraging (and paying
for) your employees to undertake professional training or classes lets them
know you believe in their future and care about their career growth. That's
Memberships: Fit employees are happy employees.
Encouraging your employees to embrace healthy lifestyle choices such as
exercise and smart nutrition pays dividends for companies. Employees are
healthy, more motivated and happier.
So what do you think? Does asking for input make you feel like your opinion
matters? Of course it does! Solicit feedback and suggestions from your staff
about work projects and company policies. Everyone wants to be heard.
How do you keep your morale up during challenging
times? Does your office have any policies for boosting morale? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders
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