“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
What do workers want? This is an essential question all employers should ask themselves regularly to ensure that they are fully considering the needs of their employees in how they run their business. What employees crave more than anything in a workplace is to feel valued and appreciated. If they feel happy in what they do, they are much more likely to do it well.
Study after study has revealed the significant impact workplace morale can have on the performance of both the individual and the overall company. Research has proven that if employees feel valued they will be more engaged in their work, leading to improved productivity, higher staff retention and a more positive work environment overall. Goodwill is often reciprocal and if you work to keep your employees happy they will repay you with a greater work ethic which usually means greater profitability. It’s a win-win for all.
In many cases however, employers prioritise succeeding in the company’s mission as their sole target, and staff morale is deemed secondary. Demoralised staff are more inclined to take a disproportionately high number of sick days, dispute with management or flee to another workplace at the first opportunity. As Interactive Home founder Pete Pedone says: “Once you stop showing the love, you lose employees.”
Employees are the lifeblood of any organisation, and it is clear that the impact of employee morale on companies’ performance cannot be underestimated.
Find out how to ensure your worker bees are happy, motivated and productive by checking out our infographic below. Our latest infographic outlines the importance of workplace morale and lists out the indicators of a good and bad workplace environment. It also offers practical tips on how employers or HR managers can ensure a positive, motivated work environment.