It can be easy to get caught in a routine of daily life in an office — with weekly check-ins, status reports, and project deadlines, stress can certainly seep in. When we’re stressed, we may become anxious and easily frustrated, which isn’t conducive to a great work environment.
If you’re looking to boost morale among your teams, are a few tips to help promote positivity in your business or organization.
Remember your mission
Remind your employees — and even yourself — of your company’s mission statement. It helps to orient yourself towards a common goal and shared principles. If your organization doesn’t have a mission statement, now is a great time to create and communicate one.
The way an office is arranged can have a big impact on productivity and general well-being at work. Work with your office manager (or use our space planning services) to see where and how your office’s layout could be improved. It also might be time to upgrade older or outdated office furniture.
Employees can sometimes fall into “silos,” where, for instance, the marketing, sales, and legal teams are busy with their specific roles and aren’t regularly communicating. It can be beneficial to have the teams routinely check in with each other to give a quick status report and try to anticipate any potential issue that may come up.
Schedule a mental health break
Offer employees a chance to step back and refresh during the work day. Whether penciling in some time for a walk outside or offering lunch-and-learn classes on yoga or meditation, you can provide a chance for your teams to unwind and show them that you prioritize mental health as an organization. Even just 10-20 minutes of meditation and breathing can help participants feel more centered and focused and can promote positivity at work.
Don’t just tell your employees how much they mean to you — show them! Hosting an after-work happy hour, recreational outing, or other activity shows your team that you value their hard work. It also helps to build camaraderie with your team. When employees feel truly appreciated, they also report greater overall job satisfaction. Other ways to show gratitude include offering additional vacation days and gift certificates to a local restaurant or popular shop.
Celebrate small wins
This goes along with showing gratitude. As you work to finish a lengthy project, recognize and celebrate the milestones that you complete along the way. This “celebration” can be as simple as a quick email letting the team know you appreciate their effort and hard work or as generous as buying lunch for the office. A little appreciation can really help boost productivity and positivity at work.