Boosting morale in the workplace

The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, which means one third of your waking hours will be spent at work. Low morale can be displayed through high turnover rates, fewer employee conversations and decreased productivity. The UK’s productivity sank again in the second quarter of 2017, meaning Britain is closer to a lost decade of productivity growth. Employee engagement and improving morale is key to a successful company.

Have a wellbeing strategy in place
Investing in the wellness of your workforce is vital to productive, satisfied, loyal and happy employees. A wellbeing strategy can boost morale, increase employee engagement, reduce absenteeism, help staff retention and improve productivity. An academic study has shown that the return on investment for some workplace health initiatives can range from £2 for every £1 spent to £34 for every £1 spent.

James Shillaker, Director at Incorpore said: “We strongly believe about Health From Within and having a wellbeing strategy in place is vital to having healthier, happier and more productive workers. It is difficult to have a one-size fits all wellbeing strategy. So, at Incorpore we believe in tailoring wellbeing services to those within your workplace and our health, fitness and wellbeing offerings allow us to do so.”

Incorpore is the UKs leading health, fitness and wellbeing company whose goal is to dramatically increase the take-up and promotion of gym memberships and wellbeing services across the UK’s working population. Incorpore has two gym solution products offering discounted gym memberships at over 3,000 gyms: GymFlex and My Gym Discounts. Savings can be made on a wide variety of gym memberships including Virgin Active, Gymbox, David Lloyd, Nuffield Health, Pure Gym, The Gym, DW Fitness, Third Space and many more. Incorpore also offer savings on a variety of wellbeing products and services including wellbeing days, health assessments, wellbeing workshops and a health calendar to ensure employees are thriving and happy. For more information, please contact Incorpore on [email protected].

Have fun work outings
A company that plays together stays together, team-building exercises can bring closer your employees and allow them to bond in a non-working environment. Fun activities such as go-karting, paintballing, rock climbing, bowling, spa days, going to the races, kayaking/canoeing, trampolining or laser tag can make for a perfect after work fun outing.

Work with charities
Charitable actions can boost morale across your workforce, as a company you can support a local charity and encourage staff to take part in the initiative. Adopting fun and engaging events to support a charity will create a feel-good feeling in the office. Baking competitions, sporting events, fancy dress days or quizzes are fun activities that will require colleagues to participate together and create positivity amongst them.

Provide office treats
No matter who the employee is they will need to eat and providing your staff with breakfast, lunch or afternoon treats can make a difference. Offering breakfast could encourage staff to come in that little bit earlier and would put them in a positive mood from the get-go. It doesn’t have to be every week, but an impromptu just because treat highlights that your team are valued.

Increase holiday allowances
Increasing holiday entitlement for your employees every year they have been with the business or offering extra holiday as a reward instead of a pay rise or bonus can help to boost morale. Companies such as Netflix, LinkedIn and Virgin Managements offer their staff unlimited paid leave, however, not all companies will be able to facilitate a similar offering. Increasing holiday allowances can allow employees to spend more time with their families, go on longer holidays or volunteer, and come back feeling refreshed, happier and more productive. Offering a day off for birthdays will also be received generously by employees and will make them appreciate their company more.

Recognise milestones
Time can go so quickly when you are busy and celebrating the little things can often get forgotten.  Recognising milestones such as work anniversaries, promotions, team members who have done a good job, birthdays, new babies or weddings within your workplace can go a long way with staff. Doing so will demonstrate they are appreciated and it doesn’t hurt to say thank you.