We all spend quite a bit of our time in work. In recent years the world of work has become even more pressured and we are keeping plates spinning on a daily basis. It is easy to get focused on the work that needs to be done and organisations can forget the little things that can boost the workforce.
It doesn’t have to be a huge pay rise and it isn’t likely in the current economic climate, what matters are the small acts that show people are appreciated and their hard work is being recognised. When it comes from those at the top of an organisation it means even more to people.
I remember a trip to the Asda HQ in Leeds some years ago where they talked about having events in the foyer of the building. People were able to enjoy them and then go refreshed back to work. It also showed the management were thinking about the welfare of their employees. On another trip to one of the Vodaphone buildings there were a whole range of measures that made the working day pleasant for employees.
Introducing ways to boost staff morale will always be open to challenge when taking place within the public sector. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. It just needs to be done in the right way and without creating any additional cost. One of the best examples I have experienced was when police puppies were brought into the office to help as part of their training. It was a great way of lifting the spirits of the people in work.
In a world where we are concerned about employee absences, well-being and people’s resilience these little acts or a kind word of thanks can make all the difference.