As leaders, we often think about what our team of employees can do to contribute to the organisation. Yet, have we actually thought about what we can do for them? We can hire the best talents and pay them well, but how can we retain them and keep them invested in the organisation? Go beyond the KPIs and work towards creating a positive work culture and team morale. The better the work culture, the easier it is to retain them.
What Is Team Morale?
What’s the first thing you think about when we talk about team morale? I’m sure most of us think about motivation and encouragement. But team morale goes beyond that. To put it simply, it is your team’s satisfaction and confidence towards the organisation. High morale shows that your team feels that they are well taken care of and are happy to work in the organisation. It is a reflection of how good your company culture is and your performance as a leader. So where do we begin? It all starts with you!
Feel as though you are doing a thankless job? Wondering if anyone sees or recognises all the hard work that you have put in? That’s the same for your team! If you are looking to build and retain a high performing team, reward and recognise them for their efforts. Be it a promotion, a celebratory team meal or even a simple post-it thank you goes a long way. The best part? Creating a culture of gratitude and appreciation fosters trust amongst your team and also motivates them to strive for the best.
Give Room For Growth
Did you know that Google allows employees to dedicate 20% of their time in office to work on projects that they think will benefit Google the most? Rather than always having top-down initiatives, keep ideas fresh with some bottom up approaches! This not only empowers the team to be creative, but also gives them a sense of purpose within the organisation. Organising a CSR event? Kick-starting work-related projects? Get your team invested in the organisation by giving them time to explore and spearhead their very own pet projects.
The last thing you need are rumours flying around and unhappiness settling in the office. Talk to your team and be transparent especially when it comes to decision-making. No one likes to be kept in the dark or notified about big changes in the office at the very last minute. Communicate these changes and explain your rationale as soon as you can. If possible, get their feedback. As a leader, we may perceive things differently from our team members who experience it on the ground, getting their inputs can help you make a more informed decision.
Have Fun Together
Boost your team’s morale with fun team bonding activities! Being able to laugh and have conversations outside of work helps to build rapport within the team and create a strong support system in the workplace. And no, it does not have to be the usual outdoor team building activities. Even a virtual lunch together or playing online games can help your team to interact with each other on a more personal level. In the near-future (when COVID’s under control), consider organising year end staff retreats.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Like it or not, being in an organisation is not a one-man show. Your team can’t do without a leader, but neither can you do without them. So work on creating a positive work culture to boost your team’s morale and you will be rewarded with a high performing and loyal team!