Increasing employee morale can move your team forward and out of the economic downturn
Oliver Wendell Holmes is credited with the quote,"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as what direction we are moving." Holmes' quote is a welcome inspiration during the dismal economic climate. Holmes reminds us that we always have the opportunity to move forward and up.
Whether or not your organization has gone through layoffs, employees are feeling an increased amount of stress because of the economic recession, both at work and home. Employees experiencing stress and anxiety often experience decreased job involvement, increased absenteeism and poor decision making which can lead to larger organizational problems.
How do managers respond to the difficult work environment in a budget-friendly way? By increasing employee morale through positive reinforcement. Giving timely recognition can increase employee morale, optimism and resiliency, helping your organization to bounce back from the recession more quickly and retain more of your key performers in the process.
Increasing employee morale through positive reinforcement and praise doesn't have to be a time or financial burden. Regularly leaving small, sincere notes for employees can improve attitudes. We have a large list of suggested sayings and phrases for your notes in the article "Give Positive Employee Feedback with your own Positive Words" which can be found in our Recognition Resource Center.
Acknowledge the work your team is doing. If you have experienced lay offs, it's likely there are fewer people taking on more work. Express your appreciation by baking a treat for the entire team or treating them to one of our motivational snacks, like the Team Snack Pack . Food is always a welcome way to say, "I appreciate you" and will help in your goal of increasing employee morale.
When you recognize employees, you express how much you value their presence in the organization. Small, timely expressions of recognition will send important messages to employees about the value you place on their contributions. When increasing employee morale, team spirit and positive attitudes, you're sure to move in the right direction!
During the down economy, individuals and teams may not experience as many “big successes” as before. However, it’s still important to recognize the small things people do everyday that help your organization. When you look for positive behaviors and outcomes, you’ll be surprised how often they occur! Don’t let these recognition moments that can help increasing employee morale pass you by:
o Lead a meeting
o Teach a peer a new skill
o Lend a hand in a different department
o Implement a cost-savings idea
o Receive positive customer feedback
Recognition Best Practices
A small reminder of a recognition moment goes a long way for the employees at GROWMARK, Inc. Thanks for sharing your best practice, Jana!
"I'm the chairperson of our Employee Relations Committee. Employees are encouraged to nominate co-workers for recognition for a variety of reasons. Nominated employees receive a $20 gift card to the store or restaurant of their choice, and a Baudville magnet as a reminder of their recognition. Employees proudly display the magnets at their desks as a testament to their good work."
Multiple Generations are Here to Stay, Cori Curtis, CRP
The four generations in the workplace are here to stay! Baby Boomers are pushing back their retirement plans after experiencing significant losses to their retirement savings in 2008. As a result, the four generations will continue to work side-by-side for several more years.
Reduce tensions and unify the multiple generations by recognizing their unique strengths:
- Older employees have invaluable knowledge and experience. Recognize the importance of their roles as mentors. Use our new Mentor collection to recognize their valuable contributions!
- Gen-Xers are known for their leadership and independence. Be sure to praise their successes when leading a team or project. Use our Leading by Example collection to encourage Gen-Xers' leaderships skills
- Millennials want recognition! Baudville's new Lingo collection line appeals to younger workers with its colorful designs, popular text lingo and relevant approach to recognition in the workplace.
Cori Curtis is a Certified Recognition Professional and member of the 70 million strong Millennial generation. To learn more about recognizing the essential pieces of all generations, visit Baudville’s Recognition Resource Center.
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