A Pinpoint Guide: How to Boost Team Morale When Stress Levels Are High
It’s the end of an extremely busy month. Your employees have two weeks worth of work to fit into two days – and that’s not even including end of month reports. They are stressed, exhausted and communication is limited to sighs and profanities. Without intervention, it’s a formula for disaster.
‘Office morale’ is more complex than employees simply wanting to have ‘fun’. It is something that you should be consistently monitoring because if left to fester, spread and intensify, low morale can have detrimental effects on productivity.
Pinpoint is going to reveal the best hands-on ways in which you can help to boost your team’s morale instantly.
You are never going to eradicate stress from the workplace; it’s part of the job description. However you can improve the way in which you and your employees approach stressful situations like the one above. One of the most common causes for low morale is employees’ feeling unappreciated. A simple ‘well done’ or ‘great job’ from a respected member of staff can lift morale in an instant. We all like our hard work to be appreciated, don’t we? Simply put, don’t underestimate the power of praise.
2. Positivity breeds positivity
Similarly to how laughter can be infectious, so can negativity. If you hear an employee panicking to their neighbour – offer some reassurance or logical advice. Help to rationalise the situation and devise a brief plan together before the negativity spreads. If you know there are other employees who have free time, encourage them to help out others. A problem shared is a problem halved and no doubt, that employee will need help in the future too.
3. Fuel their body and brain
When you’ve fallen behind on imminent deadlines, lunch isn’t even an option. Your staff got in early; presumably they will leave late, with no lunch or breaks. This is when exhaustion kicks in. Employees end up running on a toxic mix of caffeine and adrenaline, and we all know what comes up, has to come crashing down. Why not assign someone to do a lunch run? It might be yourself or another member of staff, or if your entire team is busy, get lunch delivered to the office as a reward for all of their hard work.
4. Listen to your employees
It’s up to you to spot the difference between tongue-in-cheek moaning and serious complaints. If one of your employees hints that they have been burdened with a list of things to do that aren’t their responsibility or that another employee isn’t pulling their weight in a group project – you need to address this issue. However we wouldn’t advise throwing around false accusations, so do some investigating first. Actively find out from your team members why they’re stressed and what you could do to help the situation. These conversations may be uncomfortable to begin with, but they’re also a great way to get honest feedback, enabling you to tackle problematic issues within your company.
5. Bring in the professionals
No one likes to admit that they need guidance and support, especially the person who is meant to be in control of the company. However it’s possible that company-wide organisational issues or time management could be the route of stress in the workplace. Outsourced specialists, such as business consultants, can help to identify problems with a fresh approach. The specialists can provide employers and employees alike with innovative ways to improve workload management and stress levels.
Most of these solutions don’t take much time at all but you will feel the benefits instantly, and ultimately, it’s up to you to keep an eye out for decreasing morale and nip it in the bud before it starts to negatively affect productivity.
Remember – praise your team for their efforts and don’t be too proud to admit that you need some guidance yourself.