Let’s face it – employee morale can be a bit like a roller coaster ride. Everything is going smoothly but suddenly the company is sold or another polar vortex hits your community causing moods to dip tremendously – just like the lowest point of a coaster. But with so many elements out of our control (i.e. a merger or the weather) the only thing within our control is our attitude toward all of this.
If you are the team leader, here are seven simple team bonding activities that can really help keep your employees focused and happy, even in times of peril:
Recognize special events. Every employee has a birthday and a work anniversary. In addition, they might have an anniversary, birth of a child or grandchild, their wedding or those of their children to celebrate. As a leader, rejoice with them, with cake, coffee and cards.
Reward your employees for a job well done. People want feel appreciated and have their achievements recognised. Here are five ways to make them feel thus:
- Tell them they are doing a great job.
- Write them a note and send it to them via snail mail.
- Hold a party if your monthly goals are obtained.
- Give them gift cards.
- Hold a meeting and publicly recognize them.
Promote the use of an idea board. Whatever the company size or structure, you can help with team building by having a large idea board. This board can have a question, statement, idea or challenge on the top and employees can come by and write text or share photos on it. It allows the idea to brew and because no one knows who provided which idea, the team members will have more courage to share and take risks.
Encourage lunch and work breaks. One might think that lunch at the desk and working through tiredness leads to better results for the team. But the reality is when everyone takes a lunch and one or two breaks during the day, they are more productive when they return to the work at hand. Go out to lunch with the team. Take a walk. Get some coffee. Meditate.
Make the workspace comfortable. The workspace should be more like a living room and less like a cubicle. Lighting that is good but not glaring, chairs that are comfortable, temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold, and having the right technology that works best for the employee, will all help with workplace productivity.
Smile. Make a concerted effort to smile more, talk about fun things and be humorous. These things go a long way to promoting team building.
Have Fun! Off-site team building exercises can help employee morale tremendously. Participating in fun and energising team building activities can not only turbo-charge morale, but also teach respect, and build trust.