Employee morale

Richard Branson once said: "If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers." Wise words indeed.

He also once tweeted the following words of wisdom: "Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to."

Based on these quotes, it's clear that Sir Richard knows just how important morale can be to the success of a company.

While high morale may not turn your business into the next Virgin Group, it will surely help to keep your business firing on all cylinders.

 

Smells Like Team Spirit

In order to maintain a high level of morale in your workforce, you must understand how to measure staff morale. Follow these simple steps to help keep track of your office morale and raise team spirits accordingly.

 

Productivity

It's widely agreed that productivity and morale go hand-in-hand with one another. The higher the morale, the better the quality of work.

This theory is difficult to argue with. After all, an unmotivated worker who feels overworked, undervalued and / or disinterested is unlikely to knock it out of the park on a daily basis.

If productivity is down, it may be worth addressing the situation and making a conscious effort to boost morale. It could be rewarded in kind with profitable results.

 

Staff Reviews

Conducting regular sit-down reviews with staff periodically throughout the year is perhaps the most effective way of gauging the most accurate evaluation of employee morale.

Getting accurate feedback that's specific to your business, straight from the horse's mouth, is about as good as it gets in terms of workplace commentary.

While some staff may be less open to expressing their true feelings due to fear of repercussions, reassurance to the contrary can help build an accurate evaluation of what works and what doesn't.

 

Employee Turnover

If your company has a revolving door of employees, it's often a glaring neon sign that staff aren't happy.

While there are many reasons for people to move on from a job and seek alternate employment, two of the most common are better pay and better circumstances.

If staff are leaving in their droves, chances are that the wages or the working environment simply aren't worth it.

Address this by offering fairer wages, better incentives and a more enjoyable atmosphere to create a valued workplace where employees will want to remain.

 

Sick Record

Anyone who's ever worked in a job they hate will be all too familiar with 'Sunday Night Syndrome', the 'Monday Morning Blues' and the wave of melancholy that comes with both.

It's no surprise that Monday morning is a prime offender for sick days, with a whopping 61% of call-ins taking place on a Monday, according to an AXA PPP Healthcare study.

In another telling stat, figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also show that work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounts for over half of all sick days.

Employees are far more likely to 'pull a sickie' if they are not enjoying their job or it's causing them undue stress and mental anguish, costing your business money in the process.

If Mondays are a ghost town in your office and employee sick rate is sky high, it could be a sign that morale is suffering severely.

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stress in the workplace

Working life in the 21st century can be extremely stressful. Anyone within a position of responsibility can tell you that with ironclad sincerity.

However, this isn't a trait reserved only for high-ranking management roles; even call centre staff and admin workers can feel the heat from time to time and the cloud of stress doesn't discriminate.

As an employer, knowing how to manage this workplace stress can be a key factor in the health of your team and, ultimately, the success of your business.

This blog aims to help you shake those stresses and maintain a harmonious blossoming environment within your office walls.

 

How to Create a Less Stressful Work Environment

While it would be easy for anyone to suggest offering private healthcare and higher salaries as a means of reducing stress in your workplace, realistically this simply isn't a financially viable option for many small/medium-sized businesses.

That being said, that doesn't mean your hands are completely tied. There are still a few tried and tested techniques that can have a positive impact on workplace anxiety without dramatically shaving your profits.

If you're truly serious about reducing stress in the workplace, actions speak louder than words. Alter your approach to the working environment by following these three simple steps and reduce stress in the workplace instantly.

 

Flexibility

Work/life balance is an increasingly important subject when it comes to anxiety in the workplace. If one side of that equation falls by the wayside, it can very quickly affect the other.

A great way to combat this element is to introduce flexible working arrangements, such as working from home days and flexi-time.

Situations will inevitably arise that require workers to leave early or arrive late, whether it's traffic, medical appointments or childcare restrictions. If strict 9-5 attendance is enforced, this can naturally become extremely stressful.

Racing to work every morning is a common activity for a lot of workers and can be a huge stress factor for many, particularly if childcare arrangements dictate when they can leave the house.

Taking a more relaxed approach to how the weekly hours are made up can allow employees to better organise their lives outside the office, which will ultimately result in a better, more productive atmosphere inside it.

 

Office Mobility

Staying mobile in a sedentary office environment can be difficult, particularly if hard deadlines are looming and work needs to be done on a strict timescale.

That being said, being sat at your desk staring into a box for eight hours is not good either and can have a notable knock-on effect on the quality of output and, as a result, stress levels.

Encourage employees to leave their desks periodically throughout the day to help them retain their focus and avoid burnout. The "Sit 60/Move 3" rule is an easy rule to implement, promoting three minutes of motion every hour.

Similarly, extended exposure to screen glare can also negatively impact eye health. Applying a comparable approach to optical health can also have a positive effect on the quality of work.

Opticians and eye specialists commonly recommend the 20-20-20 technique, whereby you spend 20 seconds every 20 minutes looking at something 20 feet away.

 

Promoting Health

Even if you take a hard-nosed approach that completely takes empathy out of the equation, it's worth remembering that stress contributes greatly to health and a sickly worker will inevitably translate to an absent worker, which benefits no-one.

The last thing you want is to have the demands of the job impact the health of your employees. As such, actively promoting health and well-being within the office is a great way to help ensure your workers stay fighting fit and good to go.

Offering healthy perks for your staff – such as free fruit – can have a huge upside for relatively little cost, while office support groups can provide a low-cost outlet for mental stress as well.

In addition to providing healthy options for your staff, these simple implementations also show that you and your company care about employee morale and welfare, which can be just as important in itself.

 

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