When the team morale is low, it can have an impact on the performance and quality of work from team mates. When you hear more sighs and see more eye rolls than usual, you can be sure that the team is heading into a state of frenzy. There are many reasons for a decrease in energy, but none we will be discussing. The key is to not focus on the problems, but rather the solutions. A low team morale can be more than just a passing bad mood, it can derive from a diminishing sense of job satisfaction. Do note that the morale can be lifted at any given stage if handled correctly.
Small achievements are often forgotten as work gets hectically busy, leaving no time for a moment of acknowledgement. Taking the time out to recognise the hard work of an employee or an entire team is the cheapest, and most effective way to boost morale. Take note when someone has improved above and beyond. Handing out meaningless compliments won’t do anyone any good. Instead, tell them how genuinely impressed you are with the particularly good work they did. Giving recognition in front of higher-ups, clients, or at staff meetings can go a long way in making team members feel valued. This is surely one way of getting team members noticed and will give bosses a sense of accomplishment in hiring hard working people – it sure did when they took out business finance.
Tackle the frustrations
Many employees become frustrated with their work, which is entirely normal for team members to experience a blow to their morale. Don’t wait for these stages to pass, use them as an advantage to seek out solutions and generate feedback. As team leader it is your job to find out how they are feeling and the manner in which they internalise their feelings of work frustration. These conversations may start off slow and tricky at first, but it is a great way to get honest and helpful feedback.
There are many ways to break the ice when bringing up these kind of conversations, but the best out of all is to relate to your colleague. Share a personal story about a time you were feeling frustrated with your workload or with a past manager, and how you went about handling those frustrations. Share your views with each employee and explain to them that you are seeking to boost team morale and would appreciate their input.