How to Boost Employee Morale – Without Increasing Labor Costs

Based on your experience in business, you might assume that the only thing that will get your employees feeling better about their jobs is a raise. The truth is that boosting morale is far less about salary and more about making personal connections, creating a comfortable working environment, and offering your employees opportunities to advance. Here are several actions you can take to inspire productivity and motivate employees that won’t involve an increase in labor costs:

Personally Acknowledge Employees’ Hard Work

It’s tough to work for someone who barely understands what you do, and it’s even tougher to work for someone who never says thank you. Make sure your leaders become as familiar as possible with the roles of each department, team and employee. Not only will this help them in their individual roles, but it will allow the Company as a whole to truly appreciate what employees do — and give them praise and recognition.. Take time out of your day to stop by the office of a worker or team that has completed an important project, or dealt with an unexpected issue in a positive way. Say thank you and show that you care.

Offer In-House “Treats”

There are many amazing ways to create a comfortable, rewarding environment for your employees — and you — to work in. Do your best to make everyone feel appreciated with perks that they really enjoy! Offer free fruit, great snacks and juice in the break room, once-weekly breakfast, and birthday (or better, work anniversary!) celebrations. Go above and beyond with paid team rejuvenation getaways, or weekly in-house massage treatments. Not sure what your employees would appreciate? Survey them before you decide. You may think something costly – like company-logo embroidered wear – will do the trick, but employees might let you know that all they want is permission to dress down on Fridays!

Promote Creativity

Atlassian, a software development company, regularly hosts FedEx Day, a 24-hour period in which employees can work on any project they can imagine, so long as it relates to the company’s industry. This gives employees a productive and refreshing break from the everyday, and benefits Atlassian in the form of innovative new ideas and products. Try something similar to keep your own staff happy, motivated and self-governing. To learn about more ways to increase your employees’ productivity without spending a dime, check out A Better Leader!

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