Staff morale is crucial for business success and maintaining a resilient company culture. It’s essential to keep employees engaged, especially when challenges arise. As we all adjust to the pandemic-related changes to many aspects of daily life and adapt to remote working, organisations are looking for strategies to keep their staff motivated while supporting their mental health and wellbeing. We have four morale-boosting actions you can take immediately to navigate your employees through unprecedented times.
Connect with your team
Employers need to keep in regular contact with their staff throughout periods of uncertainty. Since Covid-19 emerged, many people are adjusting to working from home. Some employees may feel overwhelmed with remote working while others may miss the social interactions with colleagues in the regular office environment. For effective communication that improves virtual working, conduct regular team check-in meeting via video calls. Project an uplifting and positive tone to lift team spirits.
In a time like this, your employees will be seeking information and reassurance. Senior management should provide factual information and clear and concise guidance to keep staff up-to-date and reduce their concerns. Share the status of business operations and the procedures you have implemented to ensure a safe and healthy work environment in compliance with government guidelines. Many businesses have brought together an in-house COVID-19 task force team to focus solely on the quickly changing situation. They take responsibility for internal decision-making informed by current health and safety legislation and official advisory bodies such as The World Health Organization.
Praise & Compassion
Recognising and rewarding teams or individuals who are working hard during this period is a proven morale-boosting tactic to ensure that employees feel appreciated and valued. A little goes a long way, from a heartfelt company-wide email to discounts and savings on online shopping and free fitness resources. With more time spent at home indoors, offer staff the opportunity to educate themselves online through personal and professional development courses. Giving your employees the tools to lead a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle will keep them motivated and engaged.
Your people should remain a top priority. It’s important to invest in support for your staff and anticipate any struggles they may be facing. Tellingly, the Centre for Mental Health estimated that mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers almost £35 billion last year. There is also a correlation between healthier employees and higher productivity, resulting in lower absenteeism. Assisting employees through free 24/7 services such as confidential counselling support and access to a GP by phone or web consultation can help them with a wide range of work, family or personal issues. Other assistance, like payday advances, can aid financial difficulties. Providing support tailored to the current situation, such as the dedicated COVID-19 employee portal created by Centralus, is the most efficient way to offer targeted support and services from coronavirus FAQs to working from home tips and exclusive deals and discounts for essential workers.
Investing in your people is more necessary than ever. The power of employee services and benefits are evident in businesses that prioritise it. When your employees show signs of stress or low morale, you can be confident you have an assistance programme there to get them through it. Centralus provides a comprehensive benefits platform and Benefits app that improves the lifestyles and mindsets of employees which in turn boosts business growth. From medical and wellbeing services to discounts on hundreds of well-known brands and a dedicated COVI-19 support portal, it’s an all-inclusive package for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.