Do you love what you do and really appreciate the people with whom you do it, but sometimes you struggle with a lack of teamwork and general employee morale? This is a common problem in companies and the good news is that there are some things you can do to improve teamwork and morale. Many times in our working life it seems that we are already so busy that you don’t have time to put another thing on the plate. But remember that lack of teamwork and morale is an indicator of your culture. And this will probably not improve if you don’t implement a plan and action. So, because it is so important for the growth and success of your business. I encourage you to take the time to focus on your culture. Below are five ideas to help you make improvements.
1. Training and education. Believe it or not, most employees want to learn, grow and contribute more to their business. Sometimes, when you have an employee who does not seem to be involved in his or her work, it may happen that he or she will feel that his or her work does not matter, or that he or she does not contribute to the overall success of the company. One way to help them feel more important is to invest in them and their future. One of the best things I have done for my team is to invite trainers to training, education and inspiration every year. An unexpected result of this training was that my team became more team-oriented and more loyal to our company. It struck me how much they appreciate that we care enough about them to invest in them and their future. Don’t know what to train or educate? Find out what worries them or what worries them. It doesn’t even have to be related to their work, maybe they are worried about finance, bring in a speaker to teach them how to manage money. I discovered that if people can get rid of some external stress outside of work, they become more focused on their work. Personal development often leads to professional development.
2.Do you have a company mission, vision, value and culture? If you don’t, you may want to consider organizing a corporate retreat and enabling your employees to help create them. They live and work in your corporate culture, but in reality they are a corporate culture. You may be a little hesitant, but you will probably be pleasantly surprised by the amount of insight they bring to the creation of your company’s mission, vision and value. By creating these things together, they will feel an important part of your company’s foundation, and this will probably improve morale and build a more loyal workforce.
3. Enable your employees to make improvements and necessary changes. Many times, if you have problems, problems or just the opportunity to improve, your employees have great ideas to do it better. Do they have a way in your company to make suggestions or improvements? Are their ideas seriously considered? If not, you may want to find a way to include them in your business. Take the time to ask employees what could be better, ask them if they have ideas for improving operations or processes. There are a few simple ways to do this. It can be as simple as the rounding process, where you can regularly ask them or you can create a suggestion box for an employee. Or maybe the best solution for your business would be to take time to discuss during an employee meeting. Be careful not to be defensive and reject ideas too quickly. One important thing I’ve learned over the years is that when an employee brings me a problem, they know that I expect them, too, to come up with an idea for improvement. Often an initial idea is not necessarily the best idea, but it generates great conversations and often leads to a good course of action.
4. Don’t be afraid to have fun at work. Find reasons to celebrate and be together. Make it a habit of celebrating birthdays, important milestones and achievements. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Have a pot, or have all of them at your fingertips to take out. The important thing is that everyone meets together and recognizes the contributions and achievements of each person. What you want is to create a culture in which everyone feels like a family. Imagine that by allowing someone to celebrate your family’s birthday without recognizing it, you wouldn’t have done it. Well, you should not do it at work either. It is likely that treating co-workers and employees as a family will make them want to achieve better results and contribute to a better teamwork environment.
5. An annual celebration with integration events. Find a good time of year, preferably at the same time each year, to celebrate your employees, your company’s achievements and express appreciation. Consider creating a place by hiring.