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Data-Driven Tips To Boost Employee Morale


There are no doubt certain times of the year whereby employees’ morale dip to a low. It could be due to a busy period for the organisation, high turnover rates or perhaps change in senior management.

Nonetheless, whatever the reason may be, you definitely do not want your employees’ morale to be down for too long. There are numerous research supporting the notion that happy and engaged employees translates to increased productivity levels as well as lower turnover rates.

The good news for HR is that boosting employees’ morale is neither complicated nor a costly affair. In fact, there are numerous ways in which organisations can uplift employees’ spirits without having to put in too much effort.

Here are some data-supported tips from Fundera in which HR and organisations can leverage on to boost employees’ morale.

Competitive pay

44% of workers would leave their job for one with better pay. Regardless of benefits and workplace culture, pay will also be one of the main drivers for employees to leave. Keep your key talent by paying them fairly and competitively.

Recognise hard work

69% of employees say they’d work harder if they were better appreciated and recognized. The last thing that employees want is for their hard work and efforts to go unnoticed. A small token of appreciation – be it a simple thank you or a gift voucher – can go a long way in motivating employees to perform their best at work.

Offer career development

Providing training and development keeps 86% of Millennials from leaving their job. Given that Millennials form the bulk of the workplace today, it is imperative to understand what motivates this new generation of workers. Unlike the traditional mindset where pay is king, learning and development opportunities rank high on Millennials’ priorities when it comes to their careers.

Promote work-life balance

Almost 50% of workers say workplace stress has made them stop caring about work at some point in their careers. If employees are overworked, they are likely to suffer from burnout and leave the organisation eventually. Promoting work-life balance allows employees to pursue their interests outside of work.

Communicate effectively

86% of corporate executives and employees say that ineffective communication is a big reason for failures in the workplace. Miscommunication or lack of communication can create uncertainty and unwanted gossip within the workplace. Instead, clear communication helps to clear up any unwanted misunderstandings amongst employees. At the same time, employees are aware of what is going on within their team or organisation, eliminating mistrust amongst employees.

Use the latest technology

73% of employees who work in a fully-enabled digital workplace report a positive impact on their productivity. The last thing that employees want to spend time on is to sieve through mountains of paperwork for that one important document. With automation, this helps to eliminate some of the administrative paperwork, freeing up time for employees to focus on strategic initiatives.

Give weekly feedback

43% of highly engaged employees received feedback at least once a week. Informing employees of their poor performance once during the annual performance review cycle will no doubt come as a nasty surprise to them. Not only does this provide them with little time for improvement, it will likely make these employees feel disengaged while at work. Providing regular feedback to employees allow them to be aware and rectify their mistakes immediately.

Mind their workload

When employees feel like they don’t have enough time to complete their work, productivity decreases by 68%. An overworked employee is likely to suffer from lack of sleep and poor work output. Managers should check in regularly with their employees to ensure that they are able to cope with their existing workload. If they are struggling to manage several projects at a time, assign someone else to assist or takeover. The last thing that any organisation would want is an overworked and miserable employee.

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