President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.” This same sentiment holds true in the business world as well. It can be argued that employee morale is the single greatest factor in successful business. A business is only as good as its people.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
However, even the best people – the best employees – can begin to falter when office morale is down. This can lead to productivity loss, customer service complaints, lost revenue, and so much more. As a business owner, it is in your best interest to keep your employees motivated.
“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.”
– Tahir Shah
3 Surefire Ways to Boost Morale
You need to find ways to get the most out of your employees and boost morale. These office perks can help.
Flexible Work Schedules
Achieving a proper work-life balance is instrumental in employee happiness. Evidence suggests that long work hours can impair health, jeopardize safety, increase stress, and put a strain on personal relationships. However, just 42.1 percent of workers feel they maintain a good work and life balance and 50.8 percent say they are happy, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 employees. One of the easiest ways to combat this is to offer your employees more flexibility. After all, who said the workday has to be between 9am and 5pm? As long as your employees get their work done at a high level and meet deadlines, why should it matter when they work? Isn’t how they work what really matters?
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
– Audrey Hepburn
Invest in Employee Health
A healthy employee is a happy employee. And there are several ways in which a company can invest in the health of its employees. For starters, offering a competetive healthcare plan with the low out-of-pocket costs can not only help attract top talent, but also maintain that talent, and keep everyone happy. Another way to invest in employee health is to offer access to a workout facility, whether you provide a gym on premisis or pay for a gym membership nearby.
According to a survey conducted by Virgin HealthMiles and Workforce Management Magazine, 77% of employees said “health and wellness programs positively impact the culture at work” and 87% of said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer.
“Employees become much more motivated and productive when they know that their employer cares about their total quality of life, which goes beyond traditional wellness and includes physical, emotional, financial and social health,”
– Virgin HealthMiles Inc. CEO Chris Boyce
Get Out of the Office
Sometimes the best way to boost morale and productivity in the office is to get out of the office. Corporate retreats are a great way to reward your employees for all of their hard work while also instilling several valuable lessons. Through a series of team building activities your employees will be challenged to break down communication barriers and work together to solve certain problems. These exercises are not only fun, but also help improve communication and boost productivity. That’s what we like to call a win-win.
After each exercise, the participants and their facilitator discuss the lessons behind what they just did. This discussion is designed to reinforce these lessons and help ensure that the progress made during your corporate retreat is not lost after a few days’ time.
“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.”
– Norman Shidle
Plan Your Next Corporate Retreat with Terrapin Adventures
Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington DC, Terrapin Adventures provides both on-site and off-site team building adventures. Our experienced staff is able to create a customized program that exceeds your expectations to help increase communication, productivity, and, of course, morale.
“Morale and attitude are fundamentals to success.”
― Bud Wilkinson
If you have any questions about Planning a Corporate Retreat to Boost Morale, please call Terrapin Adventures at 301.725.1313, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We are open Friday through Sunday for recreational guests and every day for groups.