8 Ideas to Help Boost Employee Morale

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Positive employee morale is everything. It’s the foundation of teamwork, cooperation, retention, productivity, confidence, revenue growth… should I keep going? If you’re a strong leader, you already know this. You keep a close eye on your employees, engage with them, and listen to them. You may also know that organizations with high employee morale consistently profit from less stress. And less stress equals reduced turnover, which equals more productivity within the workplace. Seems like a no-brainer: invest in employee morale.

Surprise: lots of companies still don’t value the importance of employee morale. Don’t be one of them. Here are some popular and sought-after employee morale boosters you should adopt.

1. Get on the ball with health and wellness programs

Exercise not only increases productivity at work, but it improves moods and makes people just generally happier. Up your health and wellness game and provide employees with access to a company gym. You can also partner with an external one to see if any corporate discounts are available. Or, give your employees flexibility and offer a discount toward their own gym or activity center.

3. Offer healthy food options

Cognition and mood are directly impacted by nutrition. So while snacks like bagels, chips, donuts, and brownies are immediate mood-boosters, they won’t cut it in the long run.

Offer employees some healthy snack options. Nutrient-rich foods boost engagement, productivity, and even impacts overall diet. Sweet-lovers might not bite, but the gesture won't go unnoticed.

5. Express gratitude and recognition

Gratitude improves both psychological and physical health, uplifts moods, and even improves sleeping habits. Crazy, huh. Consider the following 3 options to express gratitude and recognition:

- Celebrate work anniversaries via an email announcement, and give out a small gift (e.g. mug, company-themed sweatshirt or jacket, a hand-written card from the CEO, etc.).
- Nominate team members once a month for their hard work, extra effort, teamwork, etc. Offer winners a range of gift cards to various retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and so on.
- Introduce new employees via email or a company/department meetings. If you send an email, include some fun tidbits, like the last Netflix show he/she watched, favorite food, etc. Throw in a photo to make it even more personal.

7. Offer personal development opportunities and coaching

According to a 2012 study by Deloitte, retention is 25% higher for employees who have engaged in mentorships, training, or personal development sessions.

Take either individual teams or the entire company to relevant conferences, training sessions, and talks. You can also connect employees with appropriate mentors, or host an optional monthly coaching session.
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Sam Sandler
Sam Sandler
Sam is a copywriter and strategist at Qualigence International. She enjoys exercising, eating pizza, and long walks through her Netflix queue.

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