No, not the kind of riot that involves mutiny, rebellion and revolt…but the kind that is a ball, a hoot that leaves you roaring in laughter.
In the last several months anyone, anywhere can find unrest and discomfort. Be it in the newspaper, on the radio, or on the television…it’s everywhere! We need some fun to change our “Woe is us!” attitudes! And fast!
What does this have to do with your business? EVERYTHING! We tend to become reactionary in times of stress and hardship. And employees notice. As an employer, if you are wondering how you can increase your company’s productivity and profit, then think about getting a positive change in your employee’s attitude. A simple addition of optimism and positivism in one’s attitude can create a big difference. When you are doing a job, the most important thing you need to have is job satisfaction.
Here are 5 fun ways you can use to increase employee morale and thus productivity.
1. Catch Them Doing Something Right –The short business book “The One Minute Manager ,” by Ken Blanchard, offers the idea of “catching an employee doing something RIGHT” and celebrating them for it! This public praise encourages employees to continue doing things well and motivates others to follow suit. Everyone wants to be acknowledged for being good!
2. Practice the Two Ears, One Mouth Philosophy-Listen to their ideas about process improvements. Listen to their concerns. Listen to their opinions. This doesn’t mean you agree, nor does it mean you have to act on every recommendation you hear. It does mean that you respect them as intelligent adults. Few things damage morale – and an employee’s respect for management – more effectively than a know-it-all boss who doesn’t value the ideas of the people in the trenches. Not listening to concerns also creates a “Why should I care about you, if you don’t care about me?” attitude in employees.
3. Appreciate Them to Death-A number of landmark studies over the last several decades have shown that appreciation is the #1 motivator for employees. Managers who don’t express appreciation not only miss out on this powerful motivator, they also sow the seeds of discontent and disengagement. Few things alienate workers more than when hard work, going the extra mile, and showing initiative are taken for granted. Therefore, practice noticing when your workers do these things and then letting them know you appreciate their efforts.
4. Mix Things Up–Life can feel a bit stale for people who are doing the same job day in and day out. Before you know it you have a bunch of bored employees on your team. A slow economy is the perfect time to cross train employees so they can wear more than one hat. Feel the energy change as employees see advancement in their future.
5. Sprinkle in More Communication-Keep them in the loop, not in the dark! When work slows down, rumors move quickly throughout organizations. Kick your communication up a notch so your employees feel they are being kept in the loop.