Maybe you’ve noticed the energy in the office is a bit stagnant and unproductive. Your employees’ negative attitudes towards their jobs or coworkers are obvious.
Maybe you’ve figured it’s simply time to refresh your team, and their workspace and improve overall company morale through some team-building activities. You’re in the right place.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at why you should be prioritizing employee and company morale, as well as share with you a variety of summer activities to help you do so.
Why is company morale important?
Company morale refers to the overall mental and emotional well-being of employees in the workplace. It reflects the level of enthusiasm, dedication, engagement and job satisfaction that employees have towards not only their individual jobs but the company as a whole.
There’s likely been a few instances in the span of your career where you were required to participate in various team-building activities for work. Some activities might have been enjoyable and genuinely contributed to unifying the team, while others were more or less so.
It can be difficult, to find the balance between productive team-building and fun. You might not want to have to “require” your employees to participate, but if you don’t, would the majority of them choose not to engage? Navigating company morale isn’t always simple, but it is important.
Poor employee morale not only negatively impacts the employees, but it also reflects poorly on the supervisors and can significantly impact the company’s overall performance.
By prioritizing employee morale, you’ll reap benefits such as:
Increased innovation, creativity and productivity
Higher job satisfaction and retention
Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
Improved teamwork and collaboration efforts
Increased dedication and loyalty
Higher employee motivation
Easier to attract top industry talent
Positive employee morale has no shortage of benefits and is one of the most powerful influences when it comes to personal and organizational success.
How to boost company morale
When it comes to boosting company and employee morale, there’s no shortage of ways how you can do it. Depending on the size of your company, the type of environment you’re located in and other unique factors, some activities may be better suited for your organization than others.
We’re going to provide a variety of ideas for you below, but at the end of the day, it’s important to ask your employees what they’re actually interested in. Pouring your energy and resources into planning a day of team-building exercises won’t mean much if they’re exercises your employees aren’t wholeheartedly interested in partaking in.
Some of the most unique and effective team-building exercises for work include:
Escape room challenges
Outdoor activities (hiking, waterparks, picnics)
Team Olympics (various physical or mental challenges)
Charity or volunteering
Geo-caching (where you use GPS devices or smartphones to find hidden caches)
Virtual reality game competitions
Ultimate lego building
Office trivia games
Several of these ideas might sound great to you, but be sure to seek your employees’ insight to learn which activities they genuinely want to engage in. You can ask them to submit their preferences via email, or perhaps send out a poll for them to vote on. Gathering employee input gives you a solid idea of how you can best support and uplift them.
Speak with an advisor today
Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP is a premier employee assistance program that specializes in helping employees and employers consistently experience win-win solutions in their organizations.
Our diverse range of comprehensive services has been shown to decrease employee absenteeism, reduce turnover rates, increase productivity and improve company performance. Both you and your staff deserve to be happy and healthy, in and outside of work, and that’s what we’re here to help you achieve.
To speak with one of our qualified advisors and learn more about how we can support you, your employees and your overall company, message us or give us a call today.