At the moment, your staff members are working under abnormal and intense circumstances. With the pressures of work, staying healthy and remote schooling, many people are feeling a lack of boundaries between work and play. This 24/7 stress can easily cause lower morale for your team.
High morale causes employees to be more engaged and feel more rewarded in their work. When morale is low, company leaders may notice a drop-off in collaboration, more adverse customer interactions, lower performance and a depressive work environment that only serves to decrease morale further.
If you’re seeing early signs of low morale, especially now, you should take action. Although it won’t be easy, committing time and effort will allow you to help your team turn around a pattern of low morale. Below are a few basic strategies to help you boost your squad’s morale.
Among the worst steps you can make when morale is low is to act like everything is okay. As opposed to ignoring problems and stress, take them head-on by going into detail on the various problems your team is facing. When you do this, you gain respect and increase buy-in from your staff members, both of which are essential to finding solutions.
Establishing ambitious goals and driving your group may be needed to achieve important objectives but pushing too much and reacting too strongly to adversity can cause staff members to feel stressed, substandard and disengaged, particularly in the middle an ongoing crisis situation.
To avoid pushing your team too hard, take a balanced approach and prioritize the well-being of your workers. As a supervisor, you have stress coming down from executives to reach key objectives, so taking a relatively soft touch may be easier said than done. However, showing a priority for wellness is a good indicator to your staff members that you care about them as people. In turn, this approach will encourage them to give you their best effort.
Foster Personal Connections
Even though social distancing requirements make it a bit more difficult, staging team building activities and making room for personal connections can build up and enhance the interpersonal mechanics of your squad. Team chemistry is very important for success as it can make a group of individuals more than the sum of their parts.
Whether you’re a supervisor of a small office or the leader of a sprawling organization, it’s important to remember that worker morale is directly linked to how individuals are feeling. Understanding this ought to be your guiding light for addressing low morale. The more your people connect with one another, and the more you connect with them as people, the more you can guide them towards achieving success.
Keeping tabs on how your team members feeling is crucial when attempting to locate root causes of low worker morale. Some companies offer software solutions that parse emails and chats in search of signs of low morale.
We Can Give Your Team the Support It Needs
At NSC, we’ve been working tirelessly to support our clients through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us today to find out how we can support your organization.