Improving employee morale has become a difficult task for many company leaders across the country. The reason it has become difficult is because many employees are not feeling positive about the economy or their jobs.
Based on my own personal work experience, I believe that one of the ways to improve employee morale is to make employees feels more involved and engaged. I have worked at several companies where employee opinions or suggestion were not allowed or taken seriously. This resulted in a disgruntled work environment, and a decline in employee morale. I am not saying that employees should be allowed to take over a company, but I do believe they should have the right to voice their views and make recommendations.
A good start to increasing employee engagement is by hosting a quarterly employee forum. During the forum, employees should able to voice any concerns they have, and also present ideas for improving company performance. In order for this event to be effective, at least one company executive should be present.
Before a quarterly employee forum is created at a company, the CEO should send out a written memo stating that there will be no negative consequences for employees who voice their opinions or complaints. The reason I feel it is important to do this, is because many employees will not speak up or voice how they really feel because they fear some type of retribution. I have personally witnessed several people get demoted or pressured to resign after they spoke out against a company policy. As tough as the economy and job market is right now, many employees are opting to remain quiet and miserable than risk losing their jobs. This is something that needs to stop.
Another way to make employees feel more engaged is to let them form committees that are designed to make their departments operate more efficiently. These types of committees are needed because a growing number of company departments are becoming more and more inefficient and dysfunctional. This type of environment will eventually have a negative effect on employees and the company.
To make sure that the committee is representative of all the people who work in the department, committee members should consist of employees on all levels. This would range from the clerical staff to the person in charge of the department.
The committee should meet once a month and provide a summary of the topics and issues discussed at the meeting. There should also be a time period where employees who are not on the committee can submit feedback and comments. There should also be a rotating process for committee members. This will help to ensure that all employees will have a chance to serve on the committee.