With Labor Day upon us, our speechwriter, Maureen, drafted our annual message to staff to send out tomorrow and sent it to me for review today. Her message recognized the importance of this holiday weekend but also reminded all our co-workers how lucky we all are to have jobs from which to take a break during this a holiday weekend.
The on-going uncertainty and lingering unemployment takes its toll on morale– no matter how much we remind ourselves we’re lucky to have jobs.
Always on the lookout for fun ways to improve morale, I thought I’d share this easy little top 10 with you all… Feel free to add your ideas in the comments!
Here are a few to get you started:
1. Offer flexible work schedules. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having a flexible schedule that allows me to work 9 to 6. I inevitably end up working later but, as a night owl, I appreciate not having to be up so early in the morning. At the same time, I have a co-worker who prefers coming into work at 7. That means our public affairs shop is available at a minimum 11 hours a day and we all enjoy a little flexibility.
2. Celebrate birthdays. It’s a small thing but it shows that you know enough about your co-workers to care they are having a birthday. Nothing makes you smile like a birthday cupcake!
3. Recognize each other for a job well done. I don’t know about you but it means a lot to me when my boss or co-workers notice that I’ve been working hard. A simple thank you or good job lifts your spirits after a long, stressful day.
The best thing about this list? It costs little or nothing to implement!