Employers are falling short on creating positive work environments. Morale is at an all time low. Why are so many people unhappy at their jobs? The million dollar question is asked every day. As we take a closer look into why employees are less productive and not loyal to their company they work for, we find many common denominators in the work place that affect morale and happiness at work.
When you compare many successful companies today vs. companies that are not here anymore, I have found one simple difference. The companies that are still here today have shown that by empowering and recognizing your employees go’s along way. The executives are always praising and crediting their teams and employees vs. the companies that are gone today that all had the same things in common, the corporate leaders and executives always talked about themselves and never complimented, reinforced, and gave credit to the people that kept the company standing.
When you dig deeper into these companies, and begin researching unhappiness in the work place we find more and more morale problems.
Corporations don’t see the benefit in having budgets and spending money solely on the purpose of keeping their employees happy. In tough times like we are in today, so many companies cut back. The first thing to go is office perks, and fun stuff. What they don’t realize is this costs them more money than they are saving by cutting these costs.
Hiring costs skyrocket as turnover increases and loyalty walks out the door for starters. Also, productivity decreases as people are not as excited to go to work and complete tasks. They don’t seem to take pride in what they are doing because it is unappreciated and goes unnoticed more often than not.
Only 10% of the workforce looks forward to going to work, that number is staggering. Mostly employees site the lack of leadership from management and executive teams according to recent Martitz Research poll.
Managers and executives can change this very easily and restore confidence in the employees and re-ignite them at work. Building morale and loyalty starts with the leadership in the company. Have you noticed how many people in your office are smiling when you walk into the office and say hello? If you haven’t, count them tomorrow. Then the next day come in happy, bubbly, cheery and watch the difference in people’s reactions and how many people speak to you? You will notice a significant change just by a minor attitude adjustment.
Corporate team building, promoting teamwork, creating a positive culture, celebrating others success, employee opinion surveys, 360- feedback, and many other small things can make a huge impact. You can start boosting morale by simply taking on some of these small projects. When the bosses arrive for work they set the tone for the day. If you are the boss, you must set the right tone for the day by showing enthusiasm and excitement. Noticing and recognizing others. After all you are the leader aren’t you? Start showing more appreciation to your employees and a simple gift every now and then lets your employee know you care and appreciate their efforts.
Most of the answers are within your workforce. You can find out what is needed to make changes and make people happier and excited to come to work simply by asking.