02 Sep 8 WAYS TO BOOST EMPLOYEE MORALE WITH MINIMAL COSTS
Sometimes all it takes is a few inspirational texts to the work group chat.
Sales has to be one of the toughest industries to stay motivated in, especially as a start-up. Clients don’t come to us; we have to go out and find them every day. So much of our work is based around being able to forge real relationships with them, and we can’t do this unless the culture of our workplace facilitates an attitude to do so.
We face daily targets that we can’t always meet. We get knocked-back and disappointed. Yet each day we need to walk into the office and start again. This would be impossible if our team morale wasn’t placed at the forefront of our priorities.
Typically, the answer would lie in financial incentives; whether that’s adjusting targets or handing out bonuses. Sure, that gets us motivated, but it’s only a band-aid aimed at covering up the underlying issue; the workplace needs a dose of culture shock.
We’ve figured out eight ways to get to turn decreased employee morale around, without turning to financials.
An open conversation is the assured way to get everyone on the same page, working towards the same goal. There’s never been a time in the history of Blended Employment where we’ve sat in silence for more than five minutes. How to facilitate this? It’s simple…
Throw ideas around, spark innovation and encourage creation.
- REMOVE THE HIERARCHY
It’s always there, but no one should be made constantly aware of the division. Blended is a team of five, and each of us make up an equal 20%. Facilitate an environment of openness and respect by playing on a level field.
Knock down the barriers separating employees by including them in daily processes. There should be no secrets behind closed doors. Whether it’s daily goals that have been reached or potential projects, we’re always in the know and have the opportunity to input ideas.
- THE LITTLE THINGS
Most employers don’t realise the impact small gestures have on the team. All in the span of one week, we were told to go home early and rest the night before a big day on the road, we were handed Business Go Cards to cover our transport costs, and we enjoyed a round of Yatala Pies on the house! We were smiling all week long. Something so simple really makes us realise we’re appreciated.
- NEVER USE THE WORD ‘I’
Never single out an individual worker. Create goals that everyone can work towards together. In our office, views and quotas are added up to team totals. Have a look at how we tally up our separate weekly LinkedIn views to one single total…
We just hit 250,000 views in 2 months!!!
How many times have you been to a networking event and listened to start-up business owners or ‘consultants’ drone on about how well they are doing, yet they have no team or results to back it up? There’s no real benefit from lying about your work, except for preventing colleagues from ever taking you seriously. We don’t shy away from the tough beginnings of Blended Employment. We know this team has been built from the ground-up, and that makes us want to work even harder at it.
- NO ONE HAS TO PROVE THEMSELVES
Whether an employee has been here for one day or ten years, they’re treated exactly the same. Scrap the ‘probation period’ aimed to intimidate the new worker to prove themselves, and instead help them to find their place.
- FIND EACH PERSON’S INSPIRATION
Each person in our team has a different long-term dream and passion. That doesn’t mean we aren’t all wanting the same future for Blended. Instead of detaching ourselves from the work, we’ve each found a way to angle our personal passions towards it.
In the sales industry, these steps are just as important as any other company standards. Follow them to make your employees want to smash goals. Or… scratch all of that and just do what Declan does; send your team daily inspirational texts with plenty of emojis.