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There are a number of reasons why a team in the workplace might experience low morale. They might not be communicating with each other effectively, which leads to misunderstandings and conflict. They might not feel comfortable in their role, or what they have been asked to do. They may be under intense pressure to complete a project on time and experiencing burnout. Or they might feel undervalued by the business they work for.
Low morale and motivation can have a big impact on a team and the wider organisation as a whole. It can lead to a decline in productivity, poor customer service, counterproductive behaviour and high staff turnover. Therefore, if you identify that your team has fallen into a slump, it’s important to do what you can to help them out of it.
To address low morale you must first try and understand what is happening within your team and why. If you can dig down into the root cause of the issue, it is much easier and quicker to take steps to rectify it. For example, if your team is lacking in morale because of low confidence, then one way to address this is to offer training and development opportunities and more feedback.
Below, we’ll look at some general ways in which employers can boost morale in their teams. As you might expect, a one-size fits all approach won’t work. However, the ideas below will give you a starting point for addressing the issue before it starts to affect performance.
A breakdown in communication lies at the heart of low morale. Often, when teams experience a slump it’s because they aren’t talking to one another. Instead, problems and conflicts go unaddressed and fester which can lead to problems further down the line.
It’s important for teams to communicate effectively in order for them to do their jobs well. Therefore, managers need to ensure that individuals are given the tools they need to foster effective communication. And not just physical tools either. If teams aren’t communicating well, then they need support in developing this crucial skill through team building and training.
Teams work best when they know their place in the company, their role, the goals they are supposed to be working towards and what impact that has on the business as a whole. Therefore, to boost team morale, make a point of being genuine, authentic and transparent in your communications with the team. Keep your team abreast of updates and changes within the company, share appropriate information and encourage team members to be open and honest in their feedback and make adjustments based on their suggestions.
If teams feel like they can talk to you about problems they are experiencing and hurdles they are facing, then they will be less likely to let these anxieties impede their productivity and lower their morale.
In the midst of a big project or busy period, it can be all too easy to take your team for granted. However, failing to recognise hard work can lead to a slump which directly affects productivity. Why work hard when you never get recognition for it anyway?
That’s why having a system that rewards and recognises your team is so important. And it needn’t be extravagant or expensive either. While physical rewards work well, simply recognising a job well done and drawing attention to it can be enough to re-energise a flagging team.
If your team feels like the company they are working for is invested in them, they’re more likely to give more to their role. With this in mind, make a point to seek out and offer development opportunities to staff in any way possible.
Opportunities for development and growth can come in many forms. For example, you might decide to start a mentoring program where senior team members support more junior members to upgrade their skills and progress in the company. Alternatively, you might give employees the opportunity to undertake training courses to help them reach the next step in their career.
Team building activities are great for nurturing a collaborative and energised culture within your team. They can boost morale, encourage creativity and develop problem-solving skills. They can also bring teams together, helping them to bond and communicate more effectively day-to-day.
There are many different ways you can offer team building activities to your teams. On a smaller scale, they can be delivered in the form of short, energising games and tasks done at the beginning of a working week or meeting. On a bigger scale, you could arrange to hold a full day or half-day team building activity, such as a quiz, treasure trail or escape room. Spending time away from the office is a great way to re-energise your team and help them to gain new perspectives when they eventually get back to their desks.
Here at KDM Events, we are experts in the creation, development and delivery of team building activities all over the UK. From London to Manchester and everywhere in between, we have the contacts, experience and resources to help you host team-building events designed to boost morale and get your team working effectively again.
For more information, take a look at our team building activities. As well as physical activities, which can be delivered at your offices or a venue of your choice, we also offer virtual team building activities and events which are super effective for remote teams! To get the ball rolling on your team building activities, contact us today. Our Event Managers would be happy to help!