Boost Staff Morale Without Breaking the Bank

Five no-cost ways to boost staff satisfaction.

August 25, 2011
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Can’t show staff the money? Show them the love instead.

Although many leaders can afford to reward their employees monetarily for a job well done, they can show staff their appreciation without spending a dime, says author Todd Patkin.

“People will never admit it, but money is not what they desire most from their work. Instead, showing appreciation, respect, and, yes, even love are the three most important ways to make your people feel great about their work,” says Patkin, author of “Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In.”

The best way to improve the company’s bottom line is by having happy, engaged employees, he says.

Patkin offers five “show-me-the-love” strategies employers can use any time without spending a cent:

1. Send “love” notes

Writing and sending thank-you notes is standard practice when receiving a gift. And what better gift can staff offer than a job well done?

When an employee goes above and beyond, or achieves an important goal, send the person a handwritten note conveying your appreciation.

What takes one sheet of paper and five minutes to produce will make a lasting impression on the employee. Plus, it will encourage employees to say “thank you” to co-workers more often, creating a more positive workplace atmosphere.

2. Distribute inspiration

Most employees don’t see work as a place to receive inspiration and rejuvenation during the day. That’s why leaders should aim to buoy their team’s spirit on a daily basis.

If you help staff see the world as a brighter place and improve their attitude, their productivity will increase, too.

Patkin suggests sharing inspirational quotations or stories with staff. “Most people vastly underestimate the power of feeding their minds with inspirational and educational material.”

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