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on February 25, 2022 Human Resources Employee Relationship Management

Tips for Boosting Employee Morale When Times Are Tough

Boosting Employee Morale When Times Are Tough

In the face of world events, a global pandemic, and any other regular stresses of life, employee morale is at an all-time low. Employers recognize the need to shake things up to keep their workforce engaged, especially among the new demands of an employee revolution. The enthusiasm is waning and can affect everything from productivity to employee turnover. 

While beer in the breakroom and chair massages are great, there are more effective ways to boost employee morale.


Great Leadership

A great leader understands the power of responsibility for their workforce. It goes beyond simply delegating tasks. They get in the trenches to help lead their staff to greatness. When employees feel that they are seen and that management really cares, they're more likely to stick around.

Training and Development

Through workplace training and development programs, employers are investing in their employees' future. It benefits the employer so that they can continue to be innovative too. By including employees in the loop when adopting new technology, for example, they feel the excitement of being a part of something bigger than themselves.

See also: Workplace Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19


When an employer is transparent and communicative, the staff feels connected and trusted. These communication efforts can go both ways, with employee surveys and suggestions that actually get implemented. If leadership listens and includes employees in group decisions, they're more connected to each other and the business. Feeling safe to share their needs and concerns is important to employees who are facing difficult times.


Flexibility can be offered for work hours, workspaces, or even how a task is completed. When employees are given the reigns to control when and how they work, they're likely to feel that their employer trusts them. Being flexible also shows employees that you recognize their need for work/life balance. 

But Beer and Chair Massages...

Okay sure, beer and chair massages can also show employees that you do want them to feel relaxed and comfortable at work. They may be spending more time at the office than at home, so why not give them a place to chill out. Or, for remote workers, employers can get creative with shared online games, virtual happy hours, or gift cards for dinner or massage. Treating employees as people, rather than pawns to make more money, makes a difference - especially when times are tough.

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Ryan Howard

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