Since the start of the health crisis, many changes have taken place and concerns may have arisen within your teams. For example, the pandemic has caused some people to fear travelling, taking the metro, being in confined spaces, etc. These concerns and fears may have had an impact on the team morale of your employees and generate very negative emotions. Such as fear, envy, jealousy, shame, and guilt.
These emotions can lead people into states of sadness, depression, anger, and even aggression. Obviously, morale is something very personal, it is unique to each individual. The moral level can vary according to our environments, our aspirations and our sensibilities. But the manager still has a role to play and the discovery of these steps can help them to act positively to boost the morale of their employees.
First, the manager’s role is to spot when one or more people on their team have lost morale. They should seek to boost morale by parties, remembering staff members’ birthdays and more. Little things such as gift a balloon in a box and bring in some cakes. These things will make people feel more valued.
Establish the Correct Diagnosis by Understanding the Origin and Nature of the Decline in Team Morale
Once the weak signals have been identified, the manager must try to understand and identify the factors at the origin of this drop in morale. And the negative emotions felt in order to be able to make a diagnosis, so to speak, and know how to act effectively to improve their state of spirit. The morale of a team can be affected by several types of factors: it can be personal circumstances (events in private life) or collective. Listen to your staff. The manager must go see and spend time with each person.
Survey the 4 Vectors of Well-being at Work
If the manager perceives these weak signals, and that they are not personal, he can therefore act on them. It can then rely on the 4 vectors of well-being and suffering at work which are the source of everyone’s well-being, motivation and performance. Our relationship to work is indeed mediated by four vectors of well-being and suffering at work:
- The content of the work: that is to say the missions of the employee. They must be varied, creative and complex to enable him to accomplish his tasks. This accomplishment at work creates positive emotions in individuals and gives them good humor and good morale.
- Relationships at work: This is the quality of the relationship with the manager, peers, colleagues or subordinates. During the pandemic, most of us found ourselves isolated from our professional relationships. This created a lack of real contact between them and engendered negative emotions.
- The workplace: The more an individual feels good in their professional environment, the more they will be fulfilled. We have seen it with the generalization of teleworking. Many employees have encountered difficulties in remaining productive in a different working environment.
- Work tools: They are essential for employees to work efficiently