“Low morale leads to lost productivity, which costs the American economy $350 billion annually,” according to the Gallup Organization. There are many reasons for which employees have low morale and perform below expectations. A very common reason that employees are feeling unhappy in their position is because they are misemployed, which means they are placed in a position where they are not being optimized or feeling unable to succeed. Other reasons can include poor communication with co-workers or management, a lack of clear directions and attainable goals for their positions, and a lack of recognition.
Communication is a huge factor and a simple one to predict. When employees don’t feel comfortable asking questions and talking with their superiors, it can cause misunderstandings between everyone. In situations where employees must work as a team, it is important that there is a good mix of personalities so they are able to work together successfully. If one verbal employee experiences low morale, everyone in their area will experience it. Negativity can spread through a company quickly, ultimately resulting in lost productivity and apathy as opposed to self-motivation and enthusiasm, which is also contagious. Something as simple as how we communicate with and understand each other can change the entire tone of the team or small company.
Engaging your employees in activities that are not strictly about work is a great way to boost morale. DISC Teambuilding increases employee morale and helps to retain top performers.
We suggest one of these teambuilding activities to improve morale:
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