If you have recently expanded your startup, the chances are that you have taken on staff for the first time. Working in an office environment can become a little tedious and boring after a while, with the monotony of the workday sapping the morale of your newly formed workforce. To avoid this becoming endemic to your staff team, you need to facilitate ways to boost your team morale. Take a look at these three simple ways to maintain productivity levels and ensure staff contentment in the workplace.
In the twenty first century, technology is empowering all aspects of business. From the cloud to multi faceted integration systems, the software we have on our laptops can help us work fast, to a higher quality and more efficiently. Recognize this, and empower your staff to work flexibly. Many businesses now allow their teams to dictate when and how they work, as long as the work is complete, targets are met and filed in a timely manner.
By embracing mobile application development, it doesn’t matter where your team are, whether they are beavering away over their laptop in a coffee shop, working on the sofa of their own home or in a pod in the office, they can communicate with one another and have access to all the files and information they need to complete their job.
Make sure that your office is conducive to productive working. Brown ceiling tiles, carpet and a beige hue on the walls is a depressing sight. Change it up and give the office a lick of bright white paint, place a little bit of greenery around the office and install some cool artwork. Ensure that the seating is comfortable and have an open plan environment to promote water cooler moments and collaborative working. A fresher and more dynamic space in which to work will boost team morale and ensure productive working.
It’s vital to maintain a strong communication ethic with your staff team. It’s all too easy to become bogged down in the intricacies of your business plan and implementing your business vision, setting up camp in your office for days at a time. You need to be visible and approachable. Go out ‘onto the shop floor’ and have conversations with your staff. Get to know them. While you don’t want to know all the details about little Joe’s first school play, is enough to know that it is occurring.
Send out a weekly email detailing company achievements and areas to work on. Make sure you namecheck those employees who have had exceptional success that week. This shows that you value their contribution and you understand the importance of calling out the fact. Mutual respect is vital if you’re to create a cohesive staff team that buys into your business vision and wants to see the company succeed.
With a happy staff team, you can achieve so much more. Follow this guide and ensure that you do everything in your power to maintain the morale of your workforce.