Keep Your Chin Up!

Published Wednesday, November 24, 2010 2:14 PM

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.

Get Your Motor Running

Tackle 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.

Take 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.

Take 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.

Recruit 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.

Reward 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!

Rev Up Your Team

Give 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.

Little 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.

Confer 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.

Encourage 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 motivating!

Gym 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.

Input: 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 Community's Facebook  page.

by Carly Fadako


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