10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Morale (Part Two of a Two-Part Series)


The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.-George Shultz

Morale is faith in the man at the top. – Anonymous

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.-James Allen

Employee morale is spiraling as quickly as the economy.  If you have a support staff, chances are they’re feeling burdened by recession stress which impacts the work environment, and consequently, their performance.  In order to boost morale you need to demonstrate your genuine appreciation for them and their work, but in today’s economy it needs to be fairly inexpensive.  Last week we discussed the following 5 inexpensive ways to boost employee morale:

1.    Redesign the break room.

2.    Consider adding an exercise room.

3.    Promote community service.

4.    Add Pizza Fridays to your schedule.

5.    Provide free professional seminars.

This week we’ll cover the final 5:

6. Schedule a monthly movie date.

It doesn’t cost much to treat your employees to a monthly matinee.  Like Pizza Fridays and community service, it builds camaraderie in the office and promotes positive feelings for your organization.  You may even consider a yearly movie date where employees can invite a spouse or friend to accompany them.

7. Promote family parties.

This is a great spring or summer activity.  For little cost you can invite everyone to a local park, or perhaps your backyard, for a picnic and games.  You can provide the entrée (grilled steak and chicken, for example), while employees provide side dishes, potluck style.  This is a great way to become better acquainted with your employees and their families.

8. Provide free continental breakfasts.

There’s something about a regular treat that lifts peoples’ spirits.  A weekly continental breakfast can be a great way to start the week, say on Monday, by offering free donuts, bagels, muffins, and/or fruit.  Again, this is an inexpensive way to express your appreciation for their work.

9. Award free car washes.

For five dollars you can award an employee with a free car wash.  While it’s not that significant, it can be a simple way to acknowledge extra effort or exceptional performance.

10. Consider providing free professional training.

You employees just may be the greatest assets of your business.  When you provide them with professional training, you are investing in this asset while building your company and enhancing employee performance.  In addition, you’re giving them the opportunity to build their skill set, which, in this economic climate, is a tremendous benefit.

UAC Offers Onsite Employee Training

UAC has been training professionals for over 25 years in bookkeeping, accounting and tax services.  We know what your clients need; we know what your business needs.  And a knowledgeable, trained staff will do wonders for your bottom line.  Whether it be business management, accounting, or tax training, we can provide complete, onsite training for your employees.  And regardless of their positions, we can help them understand how their work contributes to your business model.  Learn more by visiting UAC’s website today!

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