Sample Paper on How to Raise Morale in the Workplace

Proper functioning and performance of an organization require motivated and upbeat employees. High employee turnover rates and poor general organizational performance are usually indicative of a problem among the workers. When employees are not driven to perform their duties, due to lack of motivation and morale, both the organization and staff suffer. It is for this reason that employee morale is among the most important elements of organizational performance.  In essence, moral is the state of mind and attitude towards the workplace, employment, and the whole organization in general. Usually, highly motivated employees display discipline, certainty, and readiness to perform their duties. It is for this reason that organizations should provide better working conditions, incentives, solicit employee feedback, and provide clear promotion paths to raise morale among employees.

Working conditions have a great impact on employee morale thus employers should ensure that they offer optimal working conditions for excellent employee performance. Shaban et al. (2017) posit that employees are the most important resources in an enterprise, making it an imperative to have them highly motivated and working at their optimum potential. It is possible for an organization to stop its employees from leaving their organization for another due to poor working conditions. One way of boosting employees’ morale within the organization is by offering them safety at the workplace as a better working condition. While better pay may be one of the most common and effective incentives used to have employees stay, it is not always effective. Shaban et al. (2017) aver that research has shown that employees have left better-paying jobs for low paying ones, where they feel motivated to work. Better working conditions, in this case, are those tuned to the needs and aspirations of the employees. As an incentive, better working conditions include those that encourage them to grow personally and professionally. Books, courses, training, and more free time are some of the incentives that show the employer cares for the growth and well-being of the employees, essentially raising their morale.

Soliciting employee feedback is yet another way of boosting employee morale. Shaban et al. (2017) are convinced that it is imperative that employers solicit employee feedback as it allows them to align their organizations’ priorities with those of the employees. Traditionally, organizations and the management focus on profit maximization without the slightest input from employees, who are the front-line workers expected to deliver the profits. Ignoring employee feedback puts them in risky and uncomfortable situations. Poor office set-ups and infrastructure, inadequate furniture, lighting, and lack of proper protective gear are some of the poor working conditions that employees suffer when the management does not seek employee feedback (Muskita & Kazimoto, 2017). Such poor working conditions are detrimental to employees’ health and morale. When employers seek the input of their staff, however, they receive innovative ideas and solutions to problems plaguing their firms. Moreover, listening to employees’ feedback boosts their morale as it gives them a feeling having value and importance in the organization, even if the management does not eventually implement their ideas.

Rewards, such as promotion and perks that come with them, are among the most effective ways of raising the morale of employees. However, these should be done in the most transparent and clear ways, following organization policy. Customarily, no employee expects to be stuck in one position in a corporation throughout his or her career. On the contrary, employees expect both personal and professional growth within the organization after a specific period. Muskita and Kazimoto (2017) argue that one of the causes of low morale among employees is the empowering (promotion) of non-qualified persons for certain positions/tasks within the organization. Such actions elicit anger and low morale among employees, especially when they know there are well-qualified and deserving of such positions/promotions. The organization should, therefore, be clear on the availability of distinct and viable promotion tracks. They should also offer opportunities for employee growth through promotion and monetary increment, not only during recruitment but on a regular basis. Perhaps, even more motivating for employees is the knowledge that there is an opportunity to grow within the organization. While some companies seek to fill vacant leadership positions through outside recruitment, they can raise the morale of employees within the organization when one of “their own” ascends to leadership a position. Such a move encourages employees to work hard given the potential of growth within the organization.

Work-life balance is among the most encouraged means for promoting the morale of employees in the modern times. Work usually demands a lot of time input, therefore, employees often find it difficult to juggle between work and their social lives. Organizations can raise employees’ morale by offering them a healthy work-life balance. The current trend is for employers to open doors for family and friends of employees within the enterprise, while at the same time offering incentives, such as paid leaves and vacations, for employees to spend time with their family and friends. Such offerings allow employees to connect with family within the work environment and take pride in the work they do. Even more important is assuring expectant employees of their jobs after delivery. Such a move encourages women to enjoy motherhood and their job, without the need of sacrificing one for the other.

Having fun within the organization is another way of raising employees’ morale. Conner (2016) informs that organizations that bring fun to work have some of the most motivated employees. Throwing summer parties and organizing games are among the ways in which organizations can bring fun to the workplace. Through these, employees are drawn together and their commitment to the organization is heightened. Organizing such fun and games help employees accept the fact that the organization is reliant on them and cannot succeed without them. Moreover, such games become a source of bonding for both the employees and their families, especially in case where the employees’ friends and families are enjoined in such events.

Every organization desires to have highly motivated employees to improve morale, reduce turnover rates, and improve organizational culture and the bottom line. While many organizations struggle with raising the morale of their employees, others have succeeded by implementing different strategies. Providing good working conditions, soliciting employee feedback, and providing a clear path for promotions, especially from within the organization are some of the strategies that have worked for many organizations. By attending to the needs and aspirations of their employees, organizations can raise their morale without necessarily using monetary incentives. The importance of a highly motivated workforce cannot be overemphasized given its potential for improving organizational performance.

 

References

Conner, C. (2016). 6 ways to increase employee morale and performance (without giving a raise). Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2014/09/11/6-ways-to-increase-employee-morale-and-performance-without-giving-a-raise/#662dc2884977

Muskita, C. & Kazimoto, P. (2017). Workplace environment and employee morale: a study of selected organizations in Jakarta, Indonesia. Catalyst, 16, 108-117

Raziq, A., & Maulabakhsh, R. (2014). Impact of working environment on job satisfaction. Procedia Economics and Finance, 23, 717-725.

Shaban, O., S. et al. (2017). The effect of low morale and motivation on employees’ productivity & competitiveness in Jordanian industrial companies. International Business Research, 10(7), 1-7.