Do your employees stare listlessly at the computer screens day after day? Do their eye’s glaze over in every meeting? If no matter how many cups of coffee they drink, your team doesn’t seem to liven up — you may have an issue with morale. While keeping projects going and profits turning is essential to your business, low morale is a hidden danger many managers overlook. It can impact your bottom line more than you might think. Business with high engagement outperforms those with low engagement by 202%. To give your team a boost, there are some easy things you can do.
First, is listen to invite your employees to give feedback. Figure out where they’re feeling stressed. Are they overwhelmed with work? Are they drowning in emails? Would they just like to feel more appreciated? Conducting an engagement survey is a great way to get a pulse on what they need. Once you have a better understanding of what your employees are feeling, they will feel more supported at work, and you will be empowered to take action to help them.
If your employees are simply overwhelmed, try giving them more distance from work. 26% of people say they feel pressured to respond to emails outside of work hours. That stress around the clock is not worth sending that 8:00 pm email. If you work allows it, offering them flexible schedules or work-from-home days can go a long way to balance their workload.
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