Successful managers recognize the role that morale plays in creating high-performing teams. Low morale can lead to inefficient collaboration, reduced productivity and high turnover, all results that can significantly affect an organization's bottom line.
To avoid these outcomes, leaders need to keep a close eye on the performance of their teams and understand the tactics they can employ to keep morale from slipping to dangerous levels.
High morale is the result of employees investing in their work. For this to be accomplished, team members need to understand how their efforts help move the company forward and connect to long-term goals. This knowledge can often become obscured or lost by the day-to-day grind, so it is best practice to seize opportunities to remind teams of the significance of their efforts.
Team members also should feel that their personal strengths add value to the team. Instead of feeling like cogs in a machine, employees want to know that their contributions could not be equaled by a computer program or other automation. Because most professionals spend more time at work than with their friends or family, when leadership recognizes their personal achievements, they feel more invested in the organization. Small acts, such as celebrating an employee's birthday or congratulating them on a recent project that exceeded expectations can stave off the negative effects of low morale.
When an employee feels like their work is appreciated, both quality of efforts and productivity is improved. The organizational culture should recognize this fact, and promote an environment of employee support and recognition.
Change management consultancy can help leadership build a culture of high employee engagement and morale, and address any current issues that may be draining teams' productivity.