Quick Ways to Boost Morale Around the Office

28 July 2016

Words by Renae Spinks

If you’re dragging your heels on the way to work and the thought of another interminable meeting fills you with despair; if you can’t even get excited about that business trip to Bangkok, never fear. Here are some quick ways to reignite your passion for work and in turn boost morale around the office and on the road.

Individuals

Set your intention for the day

A woman stretches on her balcony in the morning.
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Whether it’s the Dalai Lama or Wayne Dyer, there’s a growing chorus touting the benefits of setting your motivation each morning. Buddhists might wake up and make a silent promise to benefit others, or at least cause no harm – which is not a bad code of conduct for the workplace in itself. Or you might simply intend to live joyfully in the moment, or to think creatively in the course of the day’s work. It sure beats expecting the worst every day.

Share the love

I learned this tip early on in my career – share the love. Don’t hesitate to compliment a colleague’s work – but only if you can do it honestly. And be sure to pass on any compliments you may overhear. The recipient not only feels better inclined toward you, as well as the person who complimented them, but is also likely to return the favour and pass on any good thoughts they may have or hear about you. It’s a win-win-win.

Build a network

If you’re not getting joy within your workplace, look further afield. Network in your area of expertise and you may find all the support you need to build a confidence that you can carry back into the workplace. Need a bit more personalised support? See if you can connect with a business mentor who’s seen it all before and can boost your morale when the going gets tough.


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Groups

Daily chat

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A bit like setting your intention for the day, start the day with a quick – the emphasis is on quick – catch-up where you can all compare notes on what’s going on and how to make it better. But remember to focus on the positive, people.

Team-building activities

Before you emit a collective groan, team-building activities do not have to be awkward affairs full of uncontrollable eye-rolling. Consider them a way to find out more about each other – and when you know your team, you can get the best out of them. Get out of the office and socialise; support  a cause and do some joint fundraising; take a team compatibility test; or begin each meeting with a an ice-breaker – even something as simple as “what I saw on my way to work” can be a real eye-opener.

Out of the ordinary

Everybody likes a surprise, right? Time to enact Operation Surprise and Delight. That might be as simple as bringing in some home-baked goods, or arranging for in-chair massages for your team. Take the team out to breakfast, bring in coffee for everyone, or give someone the day off (if it’s in your power, of course). Recognise good work with public rewards (but remember to address failures promptly and in private). Celebrations are key to morale.

On the Road

Take a holiday

A smiling businessman in front of the Eiffel Tower.
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Every business traveller knows that a work trip is anything but a holiday. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tack a holiday on to the beginning or the end of your trip. A true holiday reduces stress, which benefits your immune system and boosts energy. It’s a great way to re-energise and put that bounce back into your step so you’re no longer dragging those heels to work.

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