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Staff Morale: What Influences It and How to Improve

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Today, we’re diving into a topic that affects our daily lives in the workplace – that’s right, staff morale.

We all know that feeling when Monday mornings rear their ugly head. It’s that time of the week when the coffee machine inexplicably goes to the brink then your car decides to hit the snooze. But fear not fellow leaders – we’re here to boost staff morale and positivity at every corner. 

Picture this – an organisation where employees bounce out of bed in the morning, travel to work with a hop, skip, and jump, and tackle tasks with infectious enthusiasm. That’s the power of a thriving workforce!

But wait, what’s the difference between a team high on morale and one that’s as gloomy as a storm cloud? If you’re unsure, don’t worry, Thankbox can help. We’ll explore the key factors influencing staff morale and uncover some strategies to turn it up a notch. Let’s go!

The importance of boosting employee morale 

There’s no doubt about it – when employees are happy and motivated, their work excels. Their performance will inevitably soar to new heights, paving the way for exciting achievements, staff loyalty, and better work-life balance.

However, the stark reality is that in today’s workplaces, a staggering 85% of employees find themselves disengaged, and staff morale has hit an all-time low. But even amidst this challenging reality lies an opportunity to turn the tide. 

Let’s explore why boosting employee morale is so important:

  • Productivity: Engaged employees tend to be more productive and satisfied at work. Happy employees in a healthy business take pride in their work and will go to bat for your brand. They also tend to stay for longer.

  • Profitability: Staff morale directly affects profitability, as companies with high employee engagement are 21% more profitable. Also, when team members feel happy at work, there’s less chance of absenteeism.

  • Collaboration: In a thriving work culture, motivated team members join together. This collaborative synergy and peer recognition creates a dynamic environment where innovation and creativity flourish. 

5 Factors influencing employee morale

Employee morale, a force that’s deeply felt both individually and collectively, can be influenced by many factors. Let’s dive into the world of employee morale and explore five key influences that can shape it:

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1. Recognition and appreciation

Feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions is essential for employee morale. Recognition and appreciation can come in various forms, such as verbal praise, rewards, and opportunities for growth. When employees feel valued, their positivity reaches new peaks.

2. Leadership and management

Dynamic leaders and managers play a crucial role in shaping the work environment and setting the tone for employee morale. A skilled and inspiring leader has the power to uplift and ignite enthusiasm wherever they go.

The right leader can foster excitement and a sense of purpose, propelling the team to achieve remarkable results. Conversely, an ineffective leader like David Brent (even without the dance moves) creates roadblocks and hinders progress.

3. Workload and work-life balance

Heavy workloads, long hours, and a lack of flexibility can lead to stress, burnout, and unsurprisingly… decreased morale. On the other hand, providing a healthy work-life balance, reasonable workloads, and supportive policies propels optimism and overall enthusiasm. 

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4. Company culture and communication

A positive and inclusive culture that promotes open and transparent communication, collaboration, and respect can promote a sense of belonging and boost morale. Whereas a toxic culture or poor communication creates a negative work environment. 

As only 30% of UK businesses have employee engagement initiatives, it’s no wonder staff morale is dropping.

5. Opportunities for growth and development

Employee morale is influenced by the opportunity for growth, learning, and advancement within an organisation. When employees have access to training programmes, career development opportunities, and clear paths for progression, their sense of self improves. 

5 Strategies to boost employee morale

Having explored the key factors influencing employee morale, it’s time to unveil a new and improved play book. Here are five effective strategies to uplift your employee morale:

1. Foster a culture of appreciation

Create a culture where accomplishments, big or small, are celebrated and valued.

Implement programmes that acknowledge and reward outstanding contributions, and encourage peer-to-peer recognition to foster a sense of appreciation across the board.

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One unique way to show appreciation is through Thankbox, a digital card your team can fill with personalised messages, photos, GIFs, and videos. Whether it’s a work anniversary or a simple congratulations, Thankbox is a welcomed confidence boost. And if you want to go the extra mile, consider sending a Thankbox gift card.


2. Prioritise work-life balance

Emphasise the importance of a healthy work-life balance. 

Encourage employees to maintain boundaries between work and personal life, promoting regular breaks, time off, and flexible work arrangements. By supporting their well-being, you empower them to bring their best selves to the table.

3. Promote professional development

Take a page from Ted Lasso and invest and believe in your employees. Provide learning, training, and skill-building opportunities that align with their aspirations and career goals. By nurturing their professional growth, you demonstrate your commitment to their success. 

4. Encourage regular check-ins

Establish transparent and open lines of communication throughout your business. Encourage regular team meetings, one-on-one check-ins, and constructive feedback sessions. Invest in an environment where ideas are shared and opinions are valued. 

Additionally, always ask questions, such as, “How do you feel about your role within the company?” and “Is there anything we can do to help?”

5. Cultivate a positive workplace

Foster a culture of teamwork and unity, where diversity is celebrated and collaboration thrives. Implement initiatives that enhance employee well-being, such as team-building activities and social events, to create a sense of belonging and happiness. 

Elevate staff morale with Thankbox

If your staff morale is falling, now is the time to take action. Start implementing these proven strategies today, and witness the positive effects it has on your employees. Remember, the ability to boost employee morale leads to a resounding success story for your business. 

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As you embark on this journey, don't forget the invaluable tool that Thankbox offers. With its power to uplift spirits and express heartfelt gratitude, Thankbox can be your secret weapon in inspiring a culture of appreciation

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