Employee morale is not just a passing trend or something that you should pay mere lip service towards. While there might be a distinction between work and home for you and your employees, employees need to feel cared for and supported in their position at your company. Low employee morale means that your workplace can feel hostile in many regards. The guide below will walk you through reasons why employee morale matters more than you think.
People are focused on staying healthy in many ways, from what they eat to what they touch, the workplace is a major part of that daily routine. Work-related stress (as well as other factors) can trigger depression, anxiety, and much more. No workplace should push employees to the brink– making them feel worried and unwell. No company should ever expect a good output from an employee who is working under tremendous pressure. Improving employee morale can reduce work-related stress factors and increase the overall health of employees.
Having people work more doesn’t mean that they’re going to be more productive. It might seem like they get more done, but in reality, the quality is inferior. Demanding employees to meet intense quotas means they’re going to be harried and unlikely to adhere to quality. Productivity should be championed in a proper manner. Employers should take pride in employees for not how fast they work but rather, how well they work.
The workplace needs to be distinct from other aspects of an employee’s life. There are things that shouldn’t be discussed at work, such as off-color and divisive topics. However, employees should feel comfortable in their work environment. In highest priority, proper treatment and respect of people in the workplace is a great way to improve morale. Managers should take the time to learn about their employees and invest in understanding them as individuals. Even if it’s just a casual acquaintanceship, a manager can forge a decent bond with employees and make them feel like they are known and cared about.
If employees aren’t satisfied in a workplace, they’re going to leave. While it may not be instantaneous, their dissatisfaction can easily be spotted. High turnover is a huge indicator of low morale. It’s crucial to promote employee morale in order to keep a business thriving. This isn’t just for the benefit of a company; it’s also for the benefit of the people.
Many people who enter the business world are hard driving go-getters. They want to succeed, and are willing to push themselves in order to gain this success. In the business world, this type of attitude is generally applauded. After all, who wouldn’t want to go into business with someone who is hardworking and proven their business hustle?
As with all efforts, however, there is a price to pay. Even if someone enjoys their work, constant work and stress definitely has consequences. The tricky part about these consequences, however, is that many times they are cumulative. In other words, it takes a while for their true effects to be seen, and their source may not even be obvious because they’ve slowly increased over time. What is the actual source, however? The answer: burnout.
So what is burnout, exactly? In her article in Psychology Today, Paula Davis-Laack defines burnout as being out of sync with one or more aspects of your life chronically. Many times in business, this means that your work is taking over your entire life, and other aspects of who you are could be threatened and neglected. The article cites research that showed how work over-load was one of the common ways that people reach burnout, among other reasons.
In many ways, what relates the different paths to burnout is similar: chronic stress. Stress can come from a variety of sources, be it relationships, careers or negative encounters with people. With the level on connectedness that technology offers today, many people are simply overwhelmed by thousands of small stresses that occur over the course of a day. When days add up into weeks, and then months, the level of stress can build to a burnout. Burnout can have negative impacts on relationships and motivation due to its affect on your body and mind.
Because of how long burnout takes to develop, it can remain hidden for quite a while. Soon enough, however, the negative consequences of constant stress on your health and state of mind, as well as relationships, will start to show. At that point, its best to take a pause, relax and evaluate your life. Do you really need to be working 75 hour weeks? Are there toxic relationships you need to cut out or drastically modify? These types of questions can help recenter you on what is important and what is not.
It’s that time of year where stores are blasting Christmas music over their sound system, decorations of reds, greens, and golds are everywhere you look from streetlights to the exterior of homes in your neighborhood. Along with the holiday festivities comes the fun of food, family, and gatherings. While the holidays truly are a happy time of year, many tend to overlook the stress that builds up throughout this season.
For business owners, entrepreneurs, and even employees, work during the end of the year can cause anxiety, sleepless nights, and rising tension along with pressure. Don’t let the stress of the holiday season keep you from ending the year on a great note. This guide below will provide you with a grounded approach to handling the holidays in a stress-free manner.
Take a Break
During the end of the year, businesses have high pressure and a demanding time frame of deadlines. It’s not unusual to see people over-extending themselves during each workday. While getting in as much work as you can may seem necessary, you could be hindering your own productivity. To avoid burnout, make sure you give yourself a break.
Your brain and body will ease from stress if you take a break even just for a few moments. Rather than working endless, non-stop hours until the project is done, give yourself a 5-minute break when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. Taking frequent breaks is the key to productivity because it gives your mind a moment to refresh.
In addition to frequent breaks during your work day taking a moment to breath, use your PTO days if you have them. Not every company allows PTO to roll over to the following year, and you definitely shouldn’t let those days go to waste.
Keep Personal Life and Work Separate
You can easily become distracted during the work day when your personal life interferes. To avoid losing focus during your workweek, keep your personal life at home. Forget about the holiday parties you are invited to while working on a project. You can make time to schedule your personal parties and festivities after your work day. This may seem hard to do but here are a few solutions:
- Don’t connect your personal calendar to your work calendar
- Keep your personal phone off of your desk
- Take a personal day if you need time to focus on life outside of work
While you gear up towards holiday festivities, don’t let the weight of stress drag you down. Be aware of your time, your effort, and your priorities and you will surely see that weight lifted for an enjoyable end of the year.
About Graham Zahoruiko
Graham Zahoruiko is an organizational effectiveness leader, but his endeavors, both in business and otherwise, extend far beyond this.
In his current professional role, Graham Zahoruiko leverages his early roots as a startup entrepreneur, having previously founded two Software and IT services companies – Refresh Software and SpaceWeb Corporation. Graham designed and implemented the initial concept, business plan, fundraising, go-to-market and ongoing sales strategy, leading to $5 million from a syndicate of over a dozen private investors, venture capitalists, and venture debt firms for product development, marketing, and sales.
Given all of the hats an entrepreneur must wear, and the necessity in such environments of thinking outside the box, innumerable skills are acquired through the founding of startups, including the ability to make adjustments, fundraising, product development, marketing, and sales strategy, and the ability to create innovative business models. Graham Zahoruiko brings a strong focus to each assignment with his roll-up-the-sleeves execution style. Graham understands the importance of surrounding yourself with a quality team and working together to achieve success, knowing that the success of a team is more rewarding than any one individual. This wide array of talents can subsequently be applied to almost any business, and to any department within it.
Even more important than Graham Zahoruiko’s business ventures is his passion for humanitarian and philanthropic causes. He is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation (www.oepbc.org) who’s own advocacy efforts focus on families, children and disadvantaged. As a participant in the Boy Scouts of America and a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award in 1987, a lifelong passion and drive to participate in the advancement of causes in which he believes was instilled in Graham from a young age. One such cause to which he is dedicated is the fight for the civil rights of the voices of children, which he promotes through his active efforts to transform our justice system through greater independent oversight.
Graham Zahoruiko is also deeply committed to his work with the 911 Foundation and participates in “the 911 ride”, a yearly 1,000-mile motorcycle event in which participants travel to all three 911 crash sites. This event raises thousands of dollars every year that go toward scholarships for the children of people who died on September 11th.
Most importantly, Graham Zahoruiko is a deeply committed family man and father, dedicated to providing a consistent moral compass for his children. His philanthropic efforts are an important key to shaping this outlook, and to instilling decent values in his family. Through his professional experiences, both in his own businesses and in advising others, Graham Zahoruiko has learned and internalized the all important values of responsibility and hard work, which he also wishes to impart to his children and those close to him. Of course, it is also important to take the time to pursue recreational activities that fulfill and rejuvenate you. For J Graham Zahoruiko this means hitting the open road on his motorcycle.