In the previous blog post, we talked about boosting productivity by creating better systems and procedures. The main reason productivity should be boosted is simple. If you’ve got a team that’s firing on all cylinders, you’re going to have a better company and working environment as everyone in your team will be pulling in the same direction.
To add to the ‘better systems and procedures’, it’s vital that you keep the morale in your team at a constant high. You see, office morale is one of the key components of your business engine. If you don’t have good office morale, your business won’t work at full capacity, which will cost you money. So when I say that office morale can make or break your business’s productivity, I definitely mean it.
Over the course of the next few blog posts, I’m going to be covering different key things you can do to first and foremost, identify symptoms of lowered morale in your team, and then cover several ways you can drastically improve it.
“Office Morale” is a real thing that needs your attention
I’ve spoken to a few business owners who have openly told me that office morale isn’t important. In fact, I’ve had one business owner tell me that “office morale is one of those concepts that employees create out of thin air so that they can use it as an excuse when the chips are down.” Firstly, let me tell you that office morale is a very real concept, and secondly, let me tell you that it’s too important to simply brush off under the carpet.
In today’s workplace, there are quite a few things that can measured and analyzed, and morale is one of those things. If you’re not analyzing the morale that’s in your office, and it dips drastically, you might find that your productivity has also nosedived. High office morale, on the other hand, can keep everyone not only productive but happy and fulfilled in their work, which is what you – as a business owner – want. Even though you want to keep office morale at an optimum level, it’s easier said than done. The good news is that there are many strategies that can boost the overall morale of your team, and the best news is that not all these morale-boosting techniques need time or money to implement.
Understanding when office morale has dipped
When the morale in your team has started dip, it might not be obvious. It’s not like you can simply tap into your employees’ human dashboard system and check the moralemeter. Learning to identify the signs of low morale is important for business owners, managers, supervisors, and team leaders, since most workers won’t always explicitly say that they’re feeling discouraged or frustrated. So, spotting the symptoms early, and addressing them proactively, can really help you keep your team running smoothly with minimal setbacks or interruptions to your overall productivity.
In our next post, I’ll go ahead and show you just what to look out for when it comes to spotting low morale.