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Why Workplace Morale Matters!

Why Workplace Morale Matters!

The way we work is constantly evolving and certainly over the past decade, the workplace has seen numerous changes which have pushed organisations to begin to strive for a culture that empowers employees and in turn boost the business.

Although this can be seen most acutely in the digital industry and workplaces, there is no reason more traditionally structured organisations can’t make it work for them, making internal and external communications much more agile. In fact most businesses don’t realise the financial cost implications when team members are unhappy.

Effective leaders knows how to check, maintain and, when needed, improve staff morale. But the only way to begin to make change is to first accept a change may be needed, and the only way that can be achieved is with an open mind and considered time monitoring staff morale. This can be done simply by observing certain moments in the office/workspace environment, how are staff engaging with each other, how are they handling increases in stress, for example. Once you have identified there is a dip in morale, you can then begin to implement change, the following 4 methods prove positive time and time again;

Improved productivity, performance and creativity

When staff morale is high, everyone works well, it’s that simple. Productivity overall improves when the staff  have a drive to come to work, to be in the workplace and enjoy their roles. It’s not only productivity that improves with increase morale, performance and creativity does too! If you want an effective workplace with high levels of productivity, work towards making your staff enjoy the workplace.

Reduced number of leave days

One of the biggests costs in terms of personnel for you a business is the number of leave days staff take. When morale is low, it’s significantly easier to take a single day off instead of dragging yourself into work, this then starts a downward spiral as leads to HR implications if it becomes a habit. When you add into the mix the compound effect of a large percentage of your workforce having the same mentality you are looking at an organisation wide issue. Positive staff morale cuts back on sick and leave days as staff enjoy the work, want to attend and are less inclined to let down the team. When someone is sick or on leave, you have to pay for the person’s leave, the replacements and the corresponding loss in productivity.

HIgher Levels of Staff Retention

A happy workforce is a committed workforce. Loyalty to a career, let alone a single organisation is in decline, and has been for some time, however it’s still vitally important that businesses do their best to ensure a high level of retention. Not only for cost purposes but also to ensure standards are maintained.

An office full of satisfied employees makes for a stronger level of retention, team morale also is a fantastic leverage tool when hiring into the business or expanding.

Want some tips on how to improve staff morale? Here you go...

  1. Create a culture where your staff know they are valued, listened to and respected. Offer open conversations, make employees giving feedback not only easy but ensure appreciation is shown. 
  2. Understand the mentality of the staff, why are they to work, what do they get out of it other than money in the bank. Showing an interested in their lives outside the workplace goes a long way to make people feel valued. Things such as flexible working hours, gym memberships, child care support etc are all tools to help the whole experience of work more positive.
  3. Consider how the businesses approaches change, and difficult experiences, the business dictates the tone of the workplace to ensuring a positive manner, a no blame culture and an open door policy even in the hardest of situations will undoubtedly support a morale boost.

All of this is easy in principal, but needs practical support, which we are here to help with. If you are struggling with workplace morale or indeed as aspect of man management get in touch and let's see how we can help!  Please contact Katy.hebblewhite@xenonex.co.uk or 0113 322 9234, (PA to Suzanna Prout, MD).