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Keeping Staff Happy and Productive in the Workplace

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Employee morale is an extremely important section of life in the workplace. The mood of an employee can hinder or enhance their level of productivity at work and therefore affect the performance of the business. The basic definition of employee morale is the emotions, attitudes, satisfaction, and overall outlook of employees during their time in a workplace environment. Productivity is influenced directly by the morale of the employees.

Recognising employees for their efforts and accomplishments is important in increasing engagement and loyalty and causes employees to do great work. Acknowledging them individually to make them aware of their progress and achievements is key to making sure their hard work is being noticed by management in the company. It’s also important for management to encourage employees to congratulate their peers. Peer-to-peer recognition creates a great feeling between the team. Management should offer a way for employees to easily praise fellow employees, whether it’s done online, at all-hands meeting or in written notes.

As research consistently suggests, people must see the bigger picture in order to appreciate the meaning behind the work they do each day. If an employee’s day-to-day activities contribute to the organisation's purpose and goals, the work will feel more meaningful to be a part of. Visualisation can help employee engagement in the workplace. In many cases, organisations and leaders treat the engagement of people in the strategy as a series of loosely connected events. In an environment such as these roles are not clearly defined, and no one seems to truly own strategic engagement. Business and strategy literacy is essential to making people effective players who know how to keep score on results. People must have an understanding of how a business operates-leaders, you must engage employees in the big picture.

Research shows that setting specific and challenging goals leads to higher performance. For these goals to be successful, there should be alignment between those of the organisation, the teams, and individual ones. When everyone is working towards the same outcome employees will begin to understand the bigger picture. When setting goals for employees, management should first consider understanding what they want to achieve. Think about what you want the wider team goal to be, the implications behind it and how it will benefit the business. An important part of setting goals is measurement, and how the owner will ensure employees are on track and how this impacts what you want to achieve. After management have determined team goals allowing for employees to develop their own goals is a very beneficial method. Making sure your employees understand the importance of measurement is also key. Not all goals will always be achieved so making sure methods are in place for employees to learn from any possible mistakes and how they can improve and learn from them is crucial to stop repeating mistakes. Above all, the important thing is to remember why you’re setting goals and how you can use them to do better work.

Staff morale is a massive part of day-to-day life in the workplace. It can be the reason behind staff retainment and continuing the high level of quality work produced by staff. Introducing new methods to improve morale will keep the place of work an interesting and exciting environment for employees to be a part of.