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Why is morale so low among employees?

Employee morale is a delicate thing, and if you are not careful with how your employees are treated, they will move onto greener pastures. No matter how much you might think you’re doing things right, it may prove fatal to your company if you are unable to recognize why employees do not want to work for you. To help you deal with that, we will look at the reason why employee morale is so low, as well as what can be done to improve it.

The reason why morale at your company may be so low is simply because working conditions are poor. This could come through in low pay, poor safety conditions, bad management, and more. But one of the biggest issues is when employees are made to feel like they are a dispensable factor. This is a much more common situation in, for example, retail and fast food, where employees have a general issue of being disrespected by management, particularly because the jobs are viewed as “low value.” A funny sentiment to hold considering how many people benefit from fast food. Still, that is not the only type of business where employees are treated poorly; in fact, any business can have poor working conditions and low morale.

How to improve employee morale

There are two general categories of action that can be taken to address low morale. One category focuses on ceasing or otherwise reducing problematic elements in the company, and the other category focuses on going further in areas that boost employee morale.

While the United States does not have the best benefits for employees, that should not be taken to mean that you can simply do the bare minimum. If an employee sees that all you’re offering is the bare minimum, they will not have anything to make them want to actually work for you. The moment they get tired of working for you, and the moment they see better opportunities, they will likely not have any reason to show your business loyalty. Offer them better benefits than what your competitors offer, such as vacation time, paid time off, healthcare/dental benefits, and more.

Of course, even if you have good benefits, that does not mean that your company is necessarily the best place to work. Some places, regardless of how good they are, will simply not have the best environment, especially for certain kinds of people. Certain businesses can become extremely cliquey and abusive to employees, based on a variety of different factors. Employees may be targeted simply for being on a lower rung of the ladder, but they may also be targeted for their race, religion, political affiliation, level of education, gender, sexuality, and more. Make sure that you weed out any such elements in your company, as they are toxic to your bottom line and the safety and comfort of everyone else.

Do employee recognition programs improve morale?

One problem that a lot of businesses face, as we discussed above, is that employees simply do not spend enough effort to make their employees feel like they are equal parts of the company’s basic functioning. There are a lot of ways that an employer can show their appreciation for their employees, with some being more effective than others.

One of the better ways to recognize your employees is to give them tangible rewards for putting in a hard day’s effort. And don’t think that “getting a chance” to get something tangible, like winning an all-expense-paid vacation, is a good reward. Your employees should be secure in the knowledge that if they work hard, they are guaranteed to get something good for their results. By setting up employee recognition programs, such as ones that make sure everyone else is able to see how accomplished they have been, this may do a world of good to help lower the turnover rate.

Does remote working improve employee morale?

Honestly, one of the things that helps with employee morale the most for some employees is the flexibility of being able to do their jobs from home. Obviously, this does not work for all businesses, as many jobs require you to be in-person in order to do it properly (or at all in many cases). However, there are many jobs that can be done remotely, and a lot of employees are finding that doing work remotely does a world of good to help with their work-life balance. Not only that, but it saves them a lot of money on travel expenses and eating out.

There has been some hubbub over remote work, especially with many politicians and employers trying to get more remote workers back to work in person. However, many employees have been critical of this approach, arguing that the benefits to the employees as well as the fact that productivity actually rose when employees were sent to work from home.

 

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