Ways to Improve the Company’s Culture and Morale
Many studies have shown that it is extremely important for managers to focus consciously on strengthening morale in the workplace. Improving a company’s culture and morale can have countless positive results – more productive employees, better quality work, business growth – the benefits are endless. Most workplaces already have some office culture, but your office can become a more enjoyable and exciting workplace by improving your morale. With just a few small changes, you can completely transform your work environment. Read more: Company Culture: The Key to Employee Engagement.
Improving office morale is an easy way to increase productivity and help employees reach their potential. How to improve morale and culture in the workplace?
The most important part of improving a company’s culture is to focus on all the new changes with the real goal of improving the workplace. Employees will respond better to changes that they think are truly for a better business experience. Authenticity is crucial and requires effort – although these steps are simple, the office will need adjustments. Improvements will be faster and more effective if they are followed by a real incentive and a specific goal.
Communicate a lot
Inform employees who the company as a whole is currently working with. Be honest both when things are going well and in problem situations. Transparency and accessibility ensure that employees trust the direction of the company. Creating open lines of communication makes employees feel part of the bigger picture and encourages them to contribute to the overall success of the business.
One easy way to improve communication is to encourage the use of collaboration tools and special software in the workplace. Platforms such as Slack, Skype, Efectio, and Trello allow employees to quickly send important information to entire groups at the touch of a button.
Incorporating flexibility into a company’s work schedule often provides employees with joy and energy. Flexibility has been shown to save companies time and money. Consider starting with a few small changes, such as offering employees the opportunity to work from home one day a week – many companies call this policy “Flex Fridays.” Consider which strategy might best suit the needs of your employees (or ask them).
Encourage real lunch breaks
This may seem like an unusual recommendation, but according to an OfficeVibe study, 60% of employees eat lunch alone at their desk while still working. Studies show that only one in five people take lunch breaks and most do not leave their desk during the break. Failure to address this problem can dramatically reduce company morale and employee engagement. Staying in the same place all day is detrimental to creative thinking. It is important for managers to encourage employees to take work breaks that are important for quality work, such as taking a coffee break, taking a walk, or having lunch with colleagues.
Ask for a different opinion
Regularly ask employees for comments and their opinions. Listening to employees is a great way to show that they are a valuable part of the company. Use employee engagement surveys to measure the success of new projects and initiatives (such as those on this list). By learning people’s honest thoughts, you will be able to further enhance your office culture in a way that best suits your individual workplace and individual team.
When making changes to your business environment, be sure to watch your employees adapt to the new changes. If something doesn’t work, we recommend trying a different approach. Every office is different, as is the culture of each company. Be open to new strategies and ways of thinking about how to further improve office morale in the future. Read more: How to Bring Your Company Values to Life