6 Tips for Boosting Employee Morale

Linda Jenkins, April 02 2017

keeping employees motivatedLow employee morale can be one of the most detrimental threats to a company. As a small business owner, you want to make sure your employees are motivated, optimistic, and confident. Below are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure a progressive, efficient, positive workplace.


  1. Celebrate accomplishments. When employees feel like their work is not appreciated or recognized, morale tends to plummet. Although it's natural to focus on what's ahead rather than on the past, taking the time to show employees how grateful you are for their hard work and accomplishments is a great first step towards boosting morale. By creating an environment in which people realize the value of their work, you are showing your employees how truly important they are to the overall success of your company. 
  2. Let your employees be heard. When your employees know their voices are respected and heard, morale begins to soar. By taking time to ask your employees for their thoughts and opinions on company projects or goals, you are showing them that they matter and that their opinions matter. Having a weekly team meeting or a brief gathering every morning are simple ways to ensure that your employees feel like part of the "bigger picture." 
  3. Don't forget to have fun. Work and fun don't necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. Many companies use quarterly incentives and rewards to spice up the daily routine and keep employees motivated towards reaching goals. Team building activities, such as a monthly bowling night or potluck, can also be helpful in promoting a family atmosphere. It sounds simple, but a few minutes away from the desk and some laughter can have a huge impact on the overall atmosphere of your company. 
  4. Show your employees you care. Being involved in your employee's lives is a huge factor in boosting morale. When they see that they are appreciated as human beings rather than simply as employees, they feel valued and their confidence is boosted. Recognizing employees' birthdays is a simple way to show them that you care. 
  5. Promote from within. It's vital for employees to see that there's room to advance within your company. With this knowledge, employees are more motivated, passionate, and driven. While it's not possible 100 percent of the time, it's a good idea to look to your existing employees first before hiring someone from the outside. This establishes a sense of amiability and unity. 
  6. Carry a positive attitude yourself. Although this may seem obvious, many do not realize the tremendous impact that your own energy has on employee morale. Positive attitudes are contagious (as are negative ones). Walk with a smile on your face, greet your employees when they arrive, and offer words of encouragement and optimism. Be sincere, approachable, and affirmative. 

While boosting morale may take some time and patience, it is an attainable goal. Running a business can definitely be challenging at times, but everything runs more smoothly when employees are motivated, engaged, valued, and happy. The small steps above can go far toward creating a work environment that radiates positive energy.