The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. Consequently, this means one third of your waking hours will be spent at work. Low morale can be displayed through high turnover rates, fewer employee conversations and decreased productivity. The UK’s productivity sank again in the second quarter of 2017, meaning Britain is closer to a lost decade of productivity growth. Therefore, employee engagement and improving morale is key to a successful company.
Have a wellness strategy in place
Investing in the wellness of your workforce is vital to productive, satisfied, loyal and happy employees. A wellness strategy can boost morale, increase employee engagement, reduce absenteeism, help staff retention and improve productivity. An academic study has shown that the return on investment for some workplace health initiatives can range from £2 for every £1 spent to £34 for every £1 spent.
James Shillaker, Director at Incorpore said: “We strongly believe about Health From Within and having a wellness strategy in place is vital to having healthier, happier and more productive workers. It is difficult to have a one-size fits all wellness strategy. So, at Incorpore we believe in tailoring wellness services to those within your workplace and our health, fitness and wellness offerings allow us to do so.”
Incorpore is the UKs leading health, fitness and wellness company. Their goal is to dramatically increase the take-up and promotion of gym memberships and wellness services across the UK’s working population. Incorpore has two gym solution products offering discounted gym memberships at over 3,500 gyms: GymFlex and My Gym Discounts. Savings can be made on a wide variety of gym memberships including Virgin Active, Gymbox, David Lloyd, Nuffield Health, Pure Gym, The Gym, DW Fitness, Third Space and many more. For more information, please contact Incorpore on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have fun work outings
A company that plays together stays together. Team-building exercises can bring closer your employees and allow them to bond in a non-working environment. Above all, fun activities such as go karting, rock climbing, bowling, kayaking, or trampolining can make for a fun work outing.
Work with charities
Charitable actions can boost morale across your workforce. As a company you can support a local charity and encourage staff to take part in the initiative. Adopting fun and engaging events to support a charity will create a feel-good feeling in the office. Baking competitions, sporting events, fancy dress or quizzes are fun activities that will require colleagues to participate together. Thus creating positivity amongst them.
Provide office treats
No matter who the employee is they will need to eat. Therefore, providing your staff with breakfast, lunch or afternoon treats can make a difference. Offering breakfast could encourage staff to come in that little bit earlier and would put them in a positive mood. It doesn’t have to be every week, but an impromptu just because treat highlights that your team are valued.
Increase holiday allowances
You could boost morale by increasing holiday entitlement for your employees every year they have been with the business. Healthy and relaxed employees are happy employees. For example, other incentives could include offering extra holiday as a reward instead of a pay rise or bonus. Companies such as Netflix, LinkedIn and Virgin Managements offer their staff unlimited paid leave. However, not all companies will be able to facilitate a similar offering. Increasing holiday allowances can allow employees to spend more time with their families, go on longer holidays or volunteer. Therefore, allowing them to come back feeling refreshed, happier and more productive. Additionally, you could offer a day off for birthdays, which would be received generously by employees.
Time can go so quickly when you are busy and celebrating the little things can often get forgotten. Recognising milestones within your workplace can go a long way with staff for morale! These include work anniversaries, promotions, team members who have done a good job, birthdays, new babies or weddings . Thus demonstrating they are appreciated and it doesn’t hurt to say thank you.