Employee morale is the attitude, satisfaction, and general outlook employees have while working for a company. High morale leads to strong employee engagement, productivity, job satisfaction, and retention.
Keeping employee morale high impacts your business success. The more positive feelings your employees have toward your company, the more motivated they will be to perform their best. This increases your bottom line.
Discover how employee morale impacts performance and what you can do to promote both.
Work-Life Balance, Productivity, and Morale
Employees whose companies promote work-life balance tend to have higher morale and be more productive than employees whose companies do not promote work-life balance. These employees can fill their personal needs along with their professional responsibilities. As a result, the employees feel valued and respected by their employer. They put in their best efforts at work.
According to FlexJobs, 79% of employees say flexibility with their jobs promotes work-life balance. This is why you should offer your employees remote or hybrid work, a flexible schedule, and a significant amount of paid time off (PTO). You will likely see an increase in morale as a result.
Engagement, Productivity, and Morale
Gallup data shows that companies in the top quartile of employee engagement have significantly greater productivity and 21% higher profitability than companies in the bottom quartile. These employees have opportunities to develop their skills and participate in decision-making. High engagement levels lead to high employee morale.
You can promote engagement, productivity, and morale by providing your employees performance-based opportunities to earn bonuses, raises, and promotions. Increased autonomy and challenges, such as stretch assignments, are beneficial as well.
Recognition, Productivity, and Morale
Data from Deloitte shows that employee engagement, productivity, and performance increase by 14% in companies that prioritize employee recognition over companies that do not prioritize employee recognition.
Be specific when recognizing an employee’s contributions and results. Include the action your employee took, what the results were, and how they impacted the company. There are 4 main recognition languages in the workplace; Acts of Service, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, and Tangible Gifts. It is best-practice to poll your employees to find out what language is most important to them, so your recognition efforts have the best impact. Being targeted with your recognition efforts will also improve morale, as your employees know you are taking the time to customize recognition based on what is most important to them.
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How your employees feel about working for your company impacts their work performance. You can encourage positive feelings by promoting work-life balance and engagement. You also can recognize and reward your employees for their contributions and results.