(By Louis Toffoli)
An aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic not discussed enough is the mental toll it takes on us all. Uncertainty, isolation, and stress have left many having trouble coping with our new normal in 2021.
This toll on mental health has also caused a decline in workplace morale, with many people feeling burnt out. Keeping everyone’s morale up has never been more critical, but it isn’t as easy as before the pandemic.
The mainstays of boosting morale like parties, meetings, and team-building exercises are no longer viable with the new safety measures. So, how do you keep morale up and workplace infections down?
This article will explore different ways to do this quickly and keep everyone’s spirits high!
Employees Manage Stress
One of the leading killers of workplace morale is stress about health, job security, and finances. Over 20% of employees spend at least five hours per day worrying about these things during their working hours.
These stressors have become even more apparent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping those effectively cope with stress outside of the workplace is a great way to boost company morale and increase productivity.
There are ways you can help, such as encouraging employees to go on walks outside during lunch breaks or creating a quiet space where they can take short breaks. Every method should promote a healthy lifestyle and proper stress coping techniques.
By helping employees manage their stress from their personal life, their morale will stay high and help to create a better work environment overall.
Give Employees Recognition Often
In a study conducted by Glassdoor, 81% of employees reported that they were motivated to work harder when their boss showed appreciation for their work. Showign employees that you appreciate their work is a great way to keep morale high in the office.
There are many ways you can show recognition, such as implementing an employee incentive system or publicly displaying awards for employees who exceed expectations. Additionally, as someone working in HR, you should reach out to employees regularly so you can keep in touch with how they are doing.
Ask your team members what they think would keep morale up and what activities they would like to see. There is no better way to get useful feedback than talking directly to your team members.
Individual Development Plans
Getting stuck in a rut causes many employees to feel burned out and start dreading going to work. Implementing fresh and new ideas often will bring a new sense of optimism to the workplace.
A great way to do this is by introducing an individual development plan for every employee. ASk each employee to list four personal and professional goals that they want to achieve each year.
Once the goals are listed, you can help introduce realistic benchmarks for your employees to reach these goals. As a manager, you can set quarterly goals and encourage the employee to strive to reach them.
You an also provide some pathways to achieve these goals.
With personal and professional targets set, employees have an end goal that they can strive to achieve. Burnout is less likely when employees have a clear vision of what they are working towards.
Focus on Health and Wellness
Focusing on health is incredibly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring a greater emphasis than before. Many people have relaxed their health regimes during the pandemic, and this is the perfect time to help them come back healthier.
While giving health talks is important, they don’t get employees excited and engaged. Incentivizing it, and building an enjoyable experience will have far better results.
Some examples of ways to promote a healthy lifestyle in the workplace are:
- Offering healthy snacks
- Hosting virtual wellness retreats
- Encouraging fitness challenges between employees
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, but there are ways to boost morale in the workplace without risking the chances of a workplace spread. Focusing on each employee as an individual rather than teambuilding can create a happier and more productive workplace.
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