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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Socially distanced video meeting

The UK's lockdown rules were recently relaxed, and while the government's coronavirus guidance still states that you should "work from home if you can", a lot of people have already returned to their places of work.

Of course, many of those workplaces look rather different now. To limit the spread of COVID-19, it's important for all of us to continue practising social distancing - that means staying at least 2 metres away from anyone who doesn't share your home.

READ MORE: Social Distancing in the Office

This rule has many implications for the world of work, and frequent team meetings are likely to be one of the biggest casualties. The current guidelines for offices and contact centres state that businesses should aim to "reduce transmission due to face-to-face meetings", as well as to "maintain social distancing in meetings".

If you're concerned that your company will struggle to achieve this, here's some advice from the team here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions...

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Office social distancing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to dominate headlines all over the world, and while some sectors are beginning to get back to work, we're still a long way from business as usual.

Social distancing - staying at least 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with - remains crucial. Staff should ideally work from home, but since this isn't always possible, many employers are now looking at ways to implement social distancing measures in the workplace.

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Distracted while working from home

Working from home can be challenging, especially if you're accustomed to the professional atmosphere of an office. But the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has left many of us with no choice - it may feel odd sitting up to the kitchen table and doing the things you'd normally be doing at your desk, but with social distancing guidelines still in effect, what can you do but get used to it?

Of course, it can be difficult to keep your productivity at its usual level when you're surrounded by all the comforts and distractions of home. Even if you don't have children to entertain or pets to look after, you may well be tempted to pop the TV on in the background while you work...or to pause for a conversation with your significant other...or to check Facebook a little more frequently than would be permissible in the office. You may even feel compelled to vacuum the carpet or tackle that pile of dirty dishes when you're supposed to be working!

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Ricky Martin's top 5 tips for working from home

Most of us have found ourselves in the position of having to work from home. For many this will be a new experience. So how do you get the best out of your day, maximise what you are doing and optimise performance while you’re working from home? Here are my five top tips to help.

1. Get up, shower and get changed.

It might sound crazy but it’s really important to put yourself in your normal mindset of work. Set your alarm like you normally would, have a shower and get changed into fresh clothes. There’s no need to be in your full work attire, but don’t stay in your pyjamas, it won’t get you motivated or set for your day. Another positive, you won’t need to commute, saving time. So get up, have your coffee/tea, have your breakfast, get ready and get going.

2. Have dedicated work space.

It’s important to decide on a suitable workspace. If you keep it clean and minimised from distractions, you’ll create the perfect working zone. If you can, ensure it’s bright with plenty of light so you don’t feel too closed in. If your room has a lock, use it and put a sign on the door saying you’re working. It will mean if you have other members in your household, they will have to knock before they come in and disturb you. Keeping the door shut is also a great way to keep pets out.

3. Avoid social media

Unless you’re working in a role which involves social media - avoid it! The more we look at our socials, the more we will become distracted from what we’re actually meant to be doing. I would advise logging out of accounts, Because logging in is a pain, as we don’t always remember the passwords, it will make it harder to log back in. Another good idea to stop pointless browsing, is using an incognito search when you’re searching new web pages. This is an internet browser setting that prevents browsing history and windows you’ve opened before, thus saving more of your precious time.

4. Structure your day

If you don’t make a plan, you will allow yourself to lose concentration and you won’t get the most out of your day. Here are some suggestions; make sure you have a start and end time. Keep this consistent with your normal work pattern. Take your lunch break at the time you normally would. It’s really important to plan some extra breaks throughout your day. When you’re in the office you probably get up and make a hot drink every so often and speak to your colleagues by the water cooler. So make sure you fit those into your day. Set alarms if you need to. When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk, go into another area of your home, like the living room, maybe watch TV. When you come back to your desk you will feel refreshed and ready to get going again.

5. Have regular people interactions

It can be lonely working from home, especially if this is the first experience. Take advantage of all the great technology that’s available. This could be Microsoft Teams, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype. Speak to your colleagues, have those conversations, pick up your phone and talk. That interaction will make you feel less isolated and lonely.

Good luck to anyone working from home. You might just find you actually get more done! Enjoy!

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