Morale Boosters: The Six R’s

Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Business Management [ 0 Comments ]

employee moraleWithout positive morale businesses can suffer from a lack of employee discipline, motivation, and productivity—as well as increased turnover. In fact, the Gallup Organization cites low morale as the blame for several problems in the workplace, costing companies and organizations as much as $350 billion per year.

That’s a high price tag to pay for unhappy employees. Adhering to the principles of the six R’s is a great way to help boost morale in your organization.

Responsibility

Give employees room to excel at their jobs. When workers feel they have ownership in their workplace, they will be more willing to produce quality work. Feeling pride in a job well-done internalizes the concept of having a vested interest in the company and its success. When you know you have workers who can do the job, take a step back and let them do what they do best.

Recognition

Everyone wants recognition for a job well done. Having this innate human need satisfied can motivate employees to work hard for their employers. Without recognition, employees become disengaged and adopt an apathetic attitude. Be mindful of employee accomplishments as they move toward their objectives. Small efforts such as a sincere thank you for a job well done or a personalized award for someone who has gone above and beyond encourages employees to do their best work.

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Respect

No company would be able to function without the hours spent by employees to help that company succeed. Employees tend to stick around longer when they feel valued and respected. According to Sirota Survey Intelligence, 63 percent of those who do not feel respected in the workplace intend to leave the company within two years. By taking an interest in your employees, you show respect for who they are and what they mean to the organization.

Recreation

Planning recreational time within your organization can allow employees to appreciate all the crucial facets of the company. Create activities that connect people who would not normally work together. By bonding over a non-work related activity, co-workers can learn to respect and appreciate each other on new levels.

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Reachable

A good way to find out what motivates your employees is to ask them; you may be surprised by their answers. Make yourself available for discussions and constructive criticism. By allowing yourself to be human, you grant those around you that same privilege.

Reliable

The most important asset an employee brings to your organization is their time. Be respectful by beginning and ending meetings on time. Practice punctuality for appointments and conferences which you oversee. Return feedback for projects and presentations in a timely manner. When employees know what to expect, they can plan accordingly, stimulating reliability in their own work.

Morale is a group attitude, created on an individual level. It can be a positive or negative cycle that affects each person in your organization and your company as a whole. Ask yourself this question: Do your employees work for you or do you work for them? The answer to both should be yes.

Photo credit: westminsterpromotions.com

About the Author: Jacob Kache is a freelance writer and expert in business and finances. He has received many accolades for his work in implementing programs that focus on employee appreciation.


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