Boosting Company Morale During Difficult Times
During difficult times, it’s important for companies to check in with their employees and provide support where needed. Employees desire for their employers to prove that they care about their emotional and physical wellbeing, and by making simple initiatives, employers can boost company morale.
There is no quick, easy way to boosting company morale. Employers must analyze the situation differently each time and determine what will work best for their employees before coming up with an action plan. Below is a list of tips and resources to consider when it comes to motivating employees during tough times.
1. Enourage your employees to create work-life balance.
In times of crisis, employees are often focussed on their home lives, which may include spouses and dependents. It can be tough for employees to come into work fully focussed when loved ones may need their attention, too. A simple message that details the company's stance on work-life balance can encourage employees to speak up about their challenges and find a solution that will help them at work and at home. If able, consider offering flexible work schedules. Something like this can make a huge difference for employees who need to be at home during specific hours of the day.
2. Communication is key.
During unpredictable situations, employees seek out messages from leadership for guidance and support. To put your employees at ease, consider increasing the amount of communications you send out. This may look differently for each company, but your employees will appreaciate the extra thought. Giving company updates when available is important, but not all communications need to have them. When there aren't any updates, send out a simple message of support — one that brighten their day with a "thank you" or a funny joke. Employees are looking for the little added touches that reassures them everything will be OK.
3. Ask how you can help.
Not every solution a company provides during a crisis will work for every employee. Encourage supervisors to reach out to their employees and ask how they can be supported. Each employee may react differently during difficult times, and it's important that you listen to employees to see how they can be helped. Conducting a company survey is an easy, simple way you can gather responses from employees. Include questions you want to know the answers to, as well as plenty of room for comments so that you can hear from employees directly.