It’s no secret that employee morale has taken a severe hit this year. Responsibilities and stress have increased in workplaces while recognition and appreciation decreased. At this point, you may be faced with a team that’s a little down in the dumps, and that’s no way to end the year. Giving your team a morale boost now is affordable, easy and – not to mention – fun for everyone.
Why you should do it: The talent management world is predicting a major workforce shift once the economy recovers. One study found as many as 55% of current employees are planning on changing jobs once the economy recovers. How you treat your people now will influence their decision to stay or go then. High employee morale and satisfaction will help you retain your top talent.
What you should do: Your goal is to let employees know their contributions are valued and remind them that your organization is a great place to work. Considering 64% of working Americans leave their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated, this communication is huge. To accomplish this, we’ve come up with some sure-fire employee morale boosting ideas. All you have to do it bring them to life.
Employee Potluck. When you fill up a conference room or break area with homemade goodies, your employees will not be able to resist the temptation to spend time together. Organize a potluck for your team, and provide the plates, napkins and drinks as a goodwill offering. Encourage the entire team to take time to eat together (if possible), and don’t stress about the work on your desk. Taking a half hour to reconnect with your team will be well worth it. Introduce some recognition to your team building moment by creating a paper plate award for each employee. Decorate paper plates with the award title – the sillier the better – and present them publicly during your potluck.
Give Thanks. You may have let your recognition programs and habits run dry this year, but don’t wait for that New Year’s resolution to start up again. Make it a personal goal to write thank you notes to every team member for their contributions this year. Recognize behaviors that made a tough year a little better, like good attitudes, cost savings ideas, and leadership. To keep on track with your goal, use our Thank You Book of Notes. It has 25 professionally designed postcards (i.e., your employees will think they’re cool) and a section in the back to help you track who you’ve recognized, when and why. Need some inspiration? The book has a page of suggested moments to recognize and words to help you recognize effectively.
Don’t worry, we’ve got even more employee morale boosting ideas for you!
- Strengthen your team by involving everyone in a peer-to-peer recognition program.
- If a costume contest doesn’t fit your culture, host a pumpkin bake off. Every entry must include pumpkin as an ingredient.
- Make employees laugh with our Cubicle Chronicles videos
- Give each employee a treat and recognize their commit-mint this year.
- Take the entire team out to lunch. It doesn’t have to be fancy! Everyone loves a good sandwich.
- Recognize employees’ accomplishments by presenting individual trophies of the paper variety.
- Send an ecard once a week until you’ve sent one to every teammate.
Learn how one Baudville customer uses low cost recognition tools to encourage recognition and employee morale.
"For years I've used Baudville to find low cost recognition tools such as the Character Pins (each new employee gets one - I still love wearing my otter!), Marks of Appreciation, Pocket Praise and many more.
Recently I decided it would be good if we had a traveling trophy that could be passed each week amongst the team to encourage peers to recognize each other. They all love the new You Rock rock from Baudville. Not only is it the highlight of the weekly meetings now, but it has also turned into a great conversation piece when clients coming into the office see it on an agent's desk. I think Baudville rocks!"
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