Businesses Should Prioritize Team Morale
2020 has been a tumultuous year for everyone. Throughout the year, the world has faced a global pandemic, which has impacted the lives of millions. To help protect their communities, many governments across the country and the rest of the world put in place stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, these orders impacted many people’s ways of life.
For starters, many businesses were forced to temporarily close their doors, such as bars, gyms, and even schools. However, many industries were capable of having their employees continue working from home. This pandemic forced many businesses to learn what they can and cannot do. It forced them to innovate and make changes that would help keep them afloat.
However, as with any period of change, people may begin to feel unease. Pair the fear of COVID-19 with the stress of making significant changes to your way of business, and team morale may take a hit. When team morale takes a hit, it can affect everything in your company. From productivity to quality, declining morale is not beneficial for anyone.
Fortunately, even during this pandemic, there are plenty of things you can do to boost team morale. The team at Tech Critic has felt the impact of COVID-19. We understand how it can affect your success and mood, which is why we want to help other businesses throughout this period.
The Importance of Team Morale
Employee morale is vital to the success of any business. If your employees are unhappy, it will show in their quality of work. Whenever employees are in good spirits, they are more likely to work together and collaborate more.
This collaboration improves productivity, as well as enhances the quality of work. In a 2014 study, researchers found that engaging in happiness-inducing activities boost productivity.
Additionally, employees build stronger bonds with each other, which breeds a sense of loyalty. This loyalty, in turn, leads to higher levels of retention. Employees want to stay with a company for much longer.
Also, when team morale gets low, employees care for their jobs less and less. They aren’t as careful, which leads to more mistakes. When they are happy about their job, they take pride in what they do, which leads to more attention to detail.
As you can see, team morale among your employees is vital to the success of your business. The happier your employees are, the more productive and focused they are.
Morale and COVID-19
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted businesses across the world. People have either lost their jobs or seen their jobs drastically changed. This level of turmoil and change can leave people feeling distressed and unsure about their future.
Additionally, unemployment continues to increase. As of July 2020, there were over 16 million unemployed Americans. The current pandemic is to blame for a good portion of those unemployed.
As the pandemic rages on and unemployment continues to rise, more and more workers continue to experience feelings of stress, anxiety, and doubt. They worry about their job security and their financial future.
According to a survey of 2,278 HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management, 65% of employers admitted that maintaining employee morale has been difficult during the pandemic. The same report states that 71% of employers are struggling to adjust to working from home.
With the rise of uncertainty and the amount of change employees have faced, it is no wonder why employee morale has taken a hit. Fortunately, there are plenty of things employers can do to boost team morale.
A key issue many businesses have faced is communication. Since many companies continue to work from home, the amount of interaction between employees has drastically declined.
Humans are social beings. We thrive on social interaction. Working remote has taken that aspect of our jobs away from us. Employees have begun to feel isolated. To combat these feelings of isolation, stay as connected as possible throughout the pandemic.
Take advantage of video conferencing and instant message platforms, such as Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams. Video chats are especially helpful as they still provide you with a chance to interact face-to-face while social distancing.
Additionally, it is essential to keep channels of communication open. No employee wants to be in the dark, especially in uncertain times like this. Without in-person interactions, the flow of information is not as fluid. That is why it is so vital to stay connected and open.
COVID-19 has caused many businesses to see a significant drop in revenue and sales. This reduction can be disheartening for employers and employees alike. Many companies are just trying to stay afloat. Victories may be hard to come by, which is why you should celebrate them.
Even if these victories are small, share them with your team. Let them know that their work and the work of the company has led to success. Let them know that even during these trying times, they can still experience success.
Doing so will hopefully lift employee’s spirits and boost team morale. Share these accomplishments with the team to improve connectivity.
As the way people work and do most everything has changed, it can be hard for them to maintain their regular work hours, especially if they are working from home. Children starting school from home, caring for a sick loved one, and more can all impact how people work. Giving employees more flexibility can help them adjust to these times and improve their productivity.
If an employee needs to work earlier or work later, let this be an option. If an employee does not respond to messages or emails right away, cut them some slack. We are living in unprecedented times.
Additionally, feeling like you are in control is a vital factor in happiness. However, during the pandemic, that control is at an all-time low. That is why giving employees some freedom and flexibility is so crucial. It gives them some sense of control, which boosts their happiness. Do not constrain them to one way of doing things.
Improve Access to Resources
When in the office, employees typically have access to most of the resources they need. However, during the ongoing pandemic, this access is limited. Unfortunately, without access to these resources, the quality of work an employee can do may significantly drop.
As an employer, you must ensure that employees have access to all the resources they need to succeed. That might also include tools they did not need in the past, but now do to work from home.
Whether it is new software, a desktop computer, a VPN, or anything else that may assist an employee with their job, you should improve their access to these resources. With these resources, employees will feel more confident in their ability to do their job.
As you can imagine, COVID-19 has many people worrying about their health and well-being. Many people have begun to wonder about what they need to do to maintain their health and keep their loved ones safe.
Now is the perfect time to revisit your healthcare options and consider adding new measures to protect employees. Ensuring employees have access to adequate healthcare resources provides them with peace of mind.
Additionally, do not neglect your employees’ mental health. These are trying times. Many people are more stressed than ever. Regardless of if it’s for their physical health or their mental health, you should provide resources and support to your employees to give them comfort.
The ongoing pandemic has impacted the world in various ways. Workplaces have changed drastically in the months since COVID-19 began spreading. Because of this, team morale has taken a hit across many businesses and industries. Tech Critic understands the importance of employee morale, which is why it is a priority in our office, as it should be in all.