Your business is only as good as the employees you hire, in a lot of cases. Yes, you’re at the helm, but those rowing the oars and manning the sails are the ones that keep everything moving. Most of the time, your workers show up and get everything done safely and soundly – it’s what they’re paid to do, after all. But there are those brief periods where things slow down. Sometimes the staff have collectively taken their foot off the gas, and it’s having quite a significant effect.
Human motivation and morale are not ground-breaking issues that are unfathomable. They’re things we all know about. We’ve all been low on motivation before; it’s just a case of getting back into the groove.
So, as the leader of the pack, it’s your job to keep everything flowing smoothly and positively. Some handle this task with consummate ease; others, well, struggle a little more. Everyone is different, so there’s no binary way to boost everyone’s levels of morale equally, but there are small, simple things you can do to lift the collective mood. Take a look at some of these ideas:
When you have no real target other than the overall job to look forward to, it can be a little draining. Showing up to work every day feeling as though you’re pointlessly grafting away can make you slow down, right? Doesn’t matter how much of a work-ethic you have; you’re only human. That said, when you have little challenges in front of you, completing them becomes your motivation – even if there are no rewards at the end of them. Finishing something and completing a task feels good. It makes us want to do it again.
Quality Break And Recreational Areas
If you have space and the funds, then it’s a good idea to have an area where the staff can rest and rehabilitate ahead of the next few hours. If the little area you have now is confined and awkward, it can lower the levels of contentment. It doesn’t have to be a full-on games area (although that would be pretty awesome!), but a comfy seating arrangement, fab utilities, and some space would be ideal.
Make Sure Everyone Is Paid!
Pretty obvious, huh? They might be in the job because they like the field and want to climb the ladder, but the entire reason for their presence is to be rewarded with money in their accounts. If people aren’t getting what they want for the work they’re putting in, then it’ll upset them and make them question themselves as to why they’re putting in the effort. It can be quite a tricky system at times, so if you’re struggling, then you can outsource to a payroll company. You could also use new software and managed services like Cloudpay and QuickBooks to help you out a little.
Sometimes, all you have to do is behave in a positive, bubbly manner, and people will mirror it. If your attitude is bouncy and energetic, then people around the office are going to be interested in what you have to say. If you’re slouched, slow, and lethargic, then that aura is going to reverberate around the room. Try creating that fun, happy, and ready-to-go atmosphere.