Working with a team can be great. Or it can be dull. How can you make sure your team is working hard and also happy while at work? Here are five tips to help motivate and boost your employees’ morale. Integrating these mentalities into your culture can change the way you do business.
1. Offer Encouragement
Encouraging your team is one of the best ways to boost morale. At 212 Media Studios, we try to make it a habit to encourage and thank one another, and go out of our way to make sure people know their work is appreciated and that they are valued.
2. Go the Extra Mile for Your Teammates
This is a big deal and so easy! It doesn’t take much to instill this in your team. It can be asking about someone’s weekend and listening to the answer, remembering some life event you were told about and asking about it later, or picking up a co-worker when his car breaks down. Doing these small things shows that you care about your teammates as people, not just for their work.
3. Connect Outside the Office
At 212 Media Studios, we try to hold (optional) activities outside of work occasionally. During the warmer months, we meet at a local park and play soccer or volleyball. Sometimes the whole crew is there, but sometimes it’s just a handful of us. Once in a while we have cookouts or get together on weekends just to hang out. Building relationships outside of the office and talking to your teammates about non-work topics does great things when you’re back at work on Monday.
4. Volunteer/Give Back Together
Giving back is an excellent way to motivate your team. The feeling of being a part of something bigger and doing something with value has real-life effects. It is very inspiring and develops deeper relationships between teammates.
5. Care About People
In my mind, all of these ideas come down to one thing: You have to genuinely care. If you want your team to succeed, you must invest in them—not necessarily financially, but with your time. People will notice if your heart isn’t in it, and your efforts will be in vain. Caring and wanting your team to succeed as individuals is imperative.
By now you might be thinking, “Chris, you’ve talked a lot about boosting morale but not much about culture.” To create a great culture, you must ingrain this mentality into your whole team. You have to lead by example. Show them how to treat each other by how you treat people. Encourage your managers and team leaders to do this, too. It can’t be just the CEO. Everyone gets burned out and needs encouragement—not just from the boss, but from teammates, employees, and superiors as well.
Instill this into your people. Talk about it in interviews, in team meetings, in the kitchen, and by the water cooler. Embed these principles into your culture and watch your business change. See that your employees look forward to going to work every day instead of dreading it. Watch your revenue grow because your team is happier in work and more passionate to succeed.
How do you foster a positive work environment? Leave a comment below.