Employee morale is the overall feeling and sentiment that a group of workers has about a company. It's sometimes difficult to measure (you can do so with an anonymous employee survey), but in many cases an issue with productivity is related to poor morale. If you're on a tight budget and have an employee morale problem, consider implementing some games to lighten the mood at the office and help increase productivity.
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Best Idea Wins
Try to get employees more involved in the management process to boost morale. You can do this by challenging them to a contest to see which worker can come up with the most creative or noteworthy idea to accomplish a company goal. For instance, if you are trying to figure out an advertising message, challenge workers to submit a possible catchphrase and reward the winner with a prize or just recognition by using his idea in your marketing communications. Hold a contest regularly to give all employees a chance to win.
Some employees develop low morale at work because of lack of communication with managers. They may feel a disconnect with the company management. You can start off the process of better communication at the job by simply learning a name and unknown fact about each worker. Schedule a meeting and have a roundtable where both managers and employees must play the "name game." Ask each worker to state his name, what he does and an interesting fact. Challenge managers to remember the information and quote it back -- if one of the managers can't recall, the employee gets a reward. Keep the mood lighthearted and fun. Make sure every manager leaves knowing each employee on a first-name basis.
Office Scavenger Hunt
Another office game that you can play to bring employees and management closer is a simple scavenger hunt. Pair an owner, manager or supervisor with a set of employees and hide clues to a puzzle around the office. The team that works together to solve the puzzle receives a prize. End the scavenger hunt with an office party to thank all employees for participating.
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