Unity in the workplace is an extremely important and often overlooked part of the profit-making puzzle. Unnecessary employee drama, the forming of social cliques, lack of communication and poor management can destroy employee morale, making what should be a professional work environment feel stressful and disorganized.
Fortunately, if management can create an atmosphere of positivity, open exchange of ideas and mutual appreciation, employees will become team members working together toward the same goal, increasing job satisfaction and productivity.
Below are some top bonding tips to help boost staff confidence and create unity in any workplace.
No adult likes to be treated like a child or spoken to in a condescending manner, yet so many managers take this approach to leadership without realizing how devastating it can be to morale.
Remember that all employees are adults who were hired because they had something positive to offer the company, and deserve respect.
Asking your workers to complete tasks, rather than commanding them authoritarian-style will go a long way in building a positive relationship. Trusting people to get a job done without micromanaging every detail is another way to let them know you believe in their abilities.
2. Communication is Crucial—
Make time for meetings with multiple employees to keep everyone on the same page, allow for brainstorming and the airing of work-related grievances. Sometimes there’s a simple solution to a problem that can be solved with this kind of sharing.
Group gatherings also give people the chance to know each other better, allowing them to bond personally, as well as making sure team goals are in alignment.
This can also eliminate work cliques when people are forced to step outside their smaller social circles to see other employees as humans, rather than gossip fodder.
3. Little Things Go a Long Way—
Listening to employee input, staying open to new ideas and giving creative thinkers proper credit are little things that will raise team morale in a big way.
Keeping the break room stocked with healthy snacks, bottled water, coffee and other pick-me-ups will eliminate low blood sugar-related lulls in productivity while making workers feel valued.
Occasional “just because” gifts, such as company coffee mugs, water bottles, T-shirts or free meals are other thoughtful gestures that can make employees feel appreciated.
4. Take It Outside—
Plan social get-togethers outside of work, especially family-friendly gatherings, to allow co-workers to get to know each other better. Picnics are great for those with kids, as are work-sponsored sporting events, bowling alleys and restaurants.
Watching someone commonly thought of as a bit of a dud at work come to life in a social setting can give fellow employees a new appreciation for a person when they see them in a new light.
Also: Consider off-site team building events for workforce bonding, with meetings to discuss business matters during the day and catered meals. Company unification can be amplified by evening entertainment such as an open bar and music to allow co-workers to have fun together.
5. Coach Your Team—
As the boss, you are hoping to be the coach of a well-oiled, cohesive and driven team that will play tough to the end of every game to win for your company. That means you’ll have to motivate them to give you their best performance possible.
Money and opportunities for advancement are obviously great ways to inspire hard work. Never being rewarded for consistent effort and results will eventually demotivate anyone, leaving employees feeling discouraged and wondering why they should bother trying.
Meet personally with all workers to set clear objectives, and reward them accordingly when they reach these goals. This kind of positive reinforcement will make employees feel like successful players on a winning team, keeping them focused on achievements and progress.
Employees with friendly co-worker relationships and respectful management have been shown to perform better, because not having to worry about interpersonal issues decreases stress, allowing them to focus on accomplishments. Use the tips above to create a positive work environment to boost employee morale, productivity and profits.