High employee morale at your workplace is essential for employee retention and employee satisfaction.
But, if your workplace is plagued by negativity that stifles employee motivation, if you go home from work every day with a splitting headache, don’t despair. Here’s an easy way to transform your workplace into a positive one where your employees will be happy and motivated every day.
It’s Easy to Raise Morale
Understanding Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs makes raising employee morale easy, so you can have happy, motivated employees who love coming to work every day… even if you don’t have a budget for it.
Whatever activity you do to increase morale should fit into one of the five categories of basic needs. Then it will produce results without spending a lot of money.
The Five Basic Human Needs
According to Maslow:
- Survival: A person’s primary need is for survival, the first level of Maslow’s pyramid.
- Security: Once people have met their survival needs of food, clothing, and shelter they seeks security, the second level.
- Social Acceptance: After feeling secure the very next thing people seek is social acceptance, the third level on Maslow’s pyramid.
- Esteem: This need can be met by showing respect, appreciation, and recognition from coworkers and managers.
- Self-Actualization: The drive to continue growing and learning.
In a work situation, employers have the opportunity to address all five needs by:
- Providing a living wage
- Assuring job stability
- Encouraging social acceptance
- Treating employees with respect
- Providing for personal and professional growth
Job Security Is More Than a Paycheck
While most companies provide for survival needs with a paycheck, job security is becoming an issue with more and more people. When a company provides training for employees, they are also providing job security because a well-trained person will find another job if his job is downsized. Therefore, anything a company can do to increase employee skills will increase the feeling of security to its employees.
Providing for survival needs and security needs are what cost a company money in salary and benefits.
The Top Three Levels of Maslow’s Pyramid Boost Morale Without Costing Money
The activities in this manual address the upper three levels of the pyramid that don’t have to cost money.
- Social acceptance (activities that provide for social interaction)
- Respect (expressing appreciation and recognition)
- Personal development (ongoing training)
Activities that fill these needs will bond your employees to your company and provide an environment where employees love to come to work. The best part is that these employee morale activities don’t have to cost a lot of money. They do, however take some time and effort.
How Often Should You Have Activities?
It is more important that morale boosters be frequent rather than time-consuming or extravagant.
- Doing something once a month is not enough.
- Doing something every week is good.
- Doing something every day is optimum.
Your company’s rewards of increased harmony, creativity, and productivity will depend on how frequently you have morale boosting activities.
With using a mix of social activities, appreciation and recognition, and personal development activities, your employee morale program will create happier, more motivated employees who keep your customers happy and make more money for your company.