How do you prioritise team morale when you are working remotely?
The health and wellbeing of employees – including their levels of team morale – need to be considered as vitally important to business success as they contribute to employee engagement, staff retention and employer reputation.
Employee morale and job satisfaction have long been considered to be key performance indicators, and while it was perhaps comparatively easy to build strategies to engage employees pre-COVID-19, the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive working environment – whether at the office, working remotely, or in new ‘hybrid’ combinations - is, even more, paramount coming out of the pandemic.
Why does team morale matter?
High employee morale is linked to higher productivity and efficiency, in some cases, by up to 20%.
Building a positive workplace is an ongoing process, and it takes time and a comprehensive strategy to foster.
Here are 5 steps to rebuild team morale while working remotely:
1. Keep communication open
In times of transition or crisis, leadership and management need to provide a strong voice. Employees look to managers to see how they react to the current situation, and they are often the strongest determinant of whether a business will weather the storm, so it is essential that organisations are transparent and provide timely and accurate information.
2. Consider a continued flexible work arrangement
While there may be workers who prefer to go to a physical workplace, it is likely that some may prefer the convenience of working from home. And at least for now, guidelines recommend many to continue working remotely, where practical.
3. Continue to encourage team building
Team building at work matters, and it is just as important that management knows how to build rapport with their direct reports as with their teammates.
4. Prioritise mental health
Returning to an office environment after having worked remotely requires a change in lifestyle that needs to be adapted to, and change can be hard. The added stress can negatively impact employees, resulting in lower levels of happiness and wellbeing. This is costly on both sides: to the individual’s physical and mental health, most importantly, but on the business side, too.
5. Create a mutually supportive culture of empowerment
Allowing your employees a degree of autonomy is important for building a sense of ownership and meaningful contribution, which, in turn, contributes to employee satisfaction. It also gives them control in a world currently characterised by change.
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