One of your responsibilities as a business owner is to keep your employees happy. If they are happy, your business can experience better performance and you can keep them longer. The great thing about keeping your employees engaged is that the activities or events to boost employee morale can be as big or small as you want. All you need to do is be creative.
If you’re wondering what you do, here are some ideas you can consider:
Recognize and Celebrate Their Achievements
People like to be recognized for what they do. For example, keep track of your employees’ performance and reward the top performers. Many employers look toward the next goal when a milestone has been reached. It is good to take the time to reflect on what has been achieved by the company or an employee.
Another way to recognize achievement is to have your people look at all the company milestones for the year and send out something special to commemorate these achievements. This can be a simple newsletter or maybe a special evening where you recognize the best among your people. It reinforces the idea that their work and their presence are important.
You can also give away free items. You can give many branded items away. Company shirts, keychains, and others can be distributed to reinforce the company’s brand. All of them are affordable and useful, and they prominently feature the company. Many employees like to feel that they belong and these small knickknacks can go a long way to assure them that they are part of the family.
There are also company-wide activities. Company events are good examples of this. Treat your people to a day out in the great outdoors or several days at a resort. This can break the ice between various departments and allow people to get to know each other.
These activities don’t always need to be out of town trips. They can be socially conscious activities, such as volunteering or tree planting. The important thing is to ensure solidarity among employees. People feel better when they’re working with people they know.
Another way to make your employees feel better is to ensure that they feel that their concerns are being heard. Most of the time, employee concerns are not heard by upper management. Create a channel so that your employees will be able to voice out their concerns on what the company is doing right and doing wrong.
Furthermore, feedback should also go the other way. You will need to give your employees an idea of what you want from them and what you deem as good performers. This way, the management and the employees will have positive interactions.
Happy employees are better employees. There is no need to replace them and their performance is better overall. The examples above are just some of the activities you can set up to ensure that their morale is raised and kept high. Work with your management so that you can figure out other approaches to ensure that your employees are satisfied working for you.