While we would like to think that most business owners care about employee morale, many do not. Employers often overlook this important aspect of workplace environment and then wonder why they have such a high turnover rate.
What matters to many employers is employee “work output.” What is so amazing about this school of thought, is employee work output has been proven to be higher when employee morale is up.
Here are a few job qualities that have demonstrated improved employee morale and increased job satisfaction.
1. Provide work tasks that are mentally challenging. No one really likes counting widgets all day long, day after day. When an employee has a wide range of work tasks they not only are more valuable, but they are more challenged.
2. Having reasonable physical demands. When people are overworked or physically drained by the work they do, it creates a negative psychological state of mind. Giving employees regular breaks and allowing them to refresh from physical labor is necessary to keep them productive throughout the day.
3. Clear understanding of their job purpose. When employees understand why they do what they do, they do it much better. By knowing their purpose and how it affects the company as a whole is rewarding. It gives employees more sense of responsibility when they understand how they fit into the bigger picture.
Keeping morale up in the workplace not only provides a better atmosphere for employees, but also creates a better atmosphere for the customers/clients who use the business. Just look at corporations like, Google, Zappos and Apple. They are never at a loss for great employees.
“There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise.” ~Mary Kay Ash