How to Detect Morale Problems Early and Turn Them Around

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Has productivity at your company been lagging? Does it look like employees are just going through the motions? These are just a few signs that you could be developing a problem with employee morale and culture, and it’s easiest to make improvements before they get worse. On the flip side, a positive company culture where morale is high turns into positive returns for your business!
Check out these four tips for getting in front of morale issues and how to improve upon your culture.

1. Increase Communication

Does this sound like your business? People are not cooperating with others as they should, or they don’t appear to be as committed to their job, or you notice changes in attitude. There are more rumors circulating, more gossip and more conflicts. All of these are indications that managers are not communicating with their workers. When there’s a lack of communication between management and employees, employees will often fill that void.
Workers lose their motivation if their managers are distant. For this reason, managers need to communicate with their people and keep channels of communication open. The more your team receives accurate information and stays aware of how their work impacts the business, the less they will waste time on gossip and rumors.

2. Set Expectations and Relay Them to Your Team

Managers need to show trust in their employees, to give them the authority and freedom to use their knowledge and skills in making decisions. This will also help to improve employee engagement.

3. Provide Avenues for Recognition

There are many ways to recognize employees, and it doesn’t always have to involve money. Often, a simple “thank you” or “good job” goes a long way when the employee sees that it is sincere. It is important also that managers recognize employees publicly so that their colleagues know about it. Managers can do this by sending out emails to everyone in a department praising an employee and explaining what the person did.
When employees see that the manager is engaged, giving timely feedback and evaluation about performance and giving recognition, employees will become more engaged themselves. Feedback is something that needs to be ongoing. It needs to be timely and specific, focused on performance rather than the person.

4. Provide Support

Managers also need to make sure they are giving their people the resources, support and leadership needed. If a manager sees that people are missing deadlines or making too many mistakes, he or she needs to talk to his workers to find out why, checking to see, for example, if the workload is too heavy.
If your company is looking for people with passion, Opti Staffing can help you. We develop a relationship based on trust and support for with our job candidates, making sure they are a good fit for a company. Contact your local Opti branch today and see how our expertise can drive your success.
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