Solve your Morale Problems with Busting the Budget
Hey manager! Is your company morale where it needs to be? Are your people talking about greener pastures and daydreaming about finding a place that “appreciates” them more? Nip that nonsense in the bud posthaste, or you will lose some of your best talent.
You don’t need to take the entire floor on a cruise to get their minds right. There are many ways to increase company morale without compromising your budget or killing your bottom line.
First and foremost, value their personal time. Whether they want to spend time with family or pursue a personal hobby or whatever makes them more fulfilled, happy people — encourage that in tangible ways. If you can work with their schedule, do it. If you can re-arrange or make exceptions or offer some sort of latitude that tangibly demonstrates genuine concern about their personal lives outside of work, make it happen. Be flexible.
Show your gratitude. A simple “thank you” can go a long way. Look for opportunities to express your gratitude. From a figurative pat on the back to a compensation bonus, show your team you understand their worth and value their contributions. You would not believe how much goodwill you can generate with a ten-dollar trophy or a $100 pair of tickets to a ballgame.
Help them be better. Look at your team. Could they benefit from skill development or continuing education? Do they opt out of these things because of work schedules or simply because they don’t know about them? Become an authority on what can make them better and give them these gifts. Both of you will benefit, and they will have you to thank.
Let people do what they want. For a lot of years, the conventional wisdom was to stay away from pet projects. Why? If you need something done, and someone wants to do it … or they want to do something that will benefit your company … LET THEM DO IT!
Will someone else complain? Maybe. But your response could be, “well, what would you like to contribute?” If they have an answer, challenge them. If they don’t, tell them to be more of a contributor and less of a complainer. You don’t have time for jealousy or whining, you’re trying to get good work done.
Gennady Barsky is a real estate mogul from NYC.