How to avoid draining morale at the workplace
Morale is a sensitive and equally important feature within any office environment. It is about having a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging and a sense of pride at the workplace.
There are obvious events and habits that can positively and negatively affect your team’s morale. However, there are also subtle behaviors that you might dismiss that can greatly influence your team’s demeanor and performance.
But what are these habits and behaviors? And what can you do to avoid them? Pay close attention as we help you figure things out.
Subtle negative habits affecting team morale:
Being consistent at the workplace provides your team with a roadmap for what to expect. Even if your employees don’t favor or agree with your behavior, they can better work around it when you are consistent. A great example on this is those morning recap meetings which everybody usually complains about. Your employees are less likely to complain about them when they know they are scheduled each morning rather than just having them pop up whenever you feel like it.
This does not mean you need to be a robot at the workplace. However, it means you need to be consistent and set consistent expectations.
Failing to commit
It is essential that you make it a point to stick to your commitments at the workplace. If you say you will do something, you need to make time to do it. Otherwise, you can drain the overall team spirit and even damage trust between you the team members. The best way to achieve this is honestly speaking about your potential commitment. Make sure you are verbal about the degree to which you can commit to something and set the right expectations from the beginning.
Complaining & criticizing
Everybody likes and needs to vent. However, when it comes to complaining and criticizing, you need to make sure that you do it in a controlled and positive environment. In general, a team who feels criticized all the time will develop a negative outlook on your company and in the workplace. If you feel the need to complain or criticize, make sure you don’t do it habitually or openly.
Anyone can show up a few minutes late and that’s totally normal. However, when you are consistently late, it shows your team that you disrespect your work environment and that you undermine the efforts of those who do show up on time. Instead, try keeping a schedule and sticking to it as that will greatly help in increasing morale and productivity as well.
Clear and effective communication leads to higher productivity and motivation. On the other hand, ineffective and poor communication leads to frustration. Failing to express what you mean repeatedly can cause a drop in team spirit as well as a decrease in overall productivity. Make it a point to always strive for better communication.
Ignoring team dynamics
When working within a team-based environment, you need to remember that each and every individual matters. Having one weak link in your chain can compromise all your efforts for growth and success. Take time to talk to each employee separately but also set group goals and rewards to help keep them united. Moreover, use team building exercises and informal social activities to help bring them together and strengthen their commitment and loyalty.
Working overtime & through breaks
It is ok to keep your employees overtime for an important deadline. It is also ok to have them work through their breaks every once in a while. However, make sure that this does not become a regular habit. Office hours and breaks exist for a good reason as they give employees time to destress and reenergize. Eliminating breaks and prolonging working hours can decrease effectiveness and lead to faster burnout.
Are you an employee facing these negative habits? Do you know a manager who enforces such behaviors? Make sure to share this post to help boost morale at your workplace and increase productivity, loyalty and commitment.