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What Psychology Says About Boosting Morale

Posted By Ava Ewald, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
 RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards reflect a wealth of knowledge and experience in recognition practices. These standards will help you build your recognition program so that your employees will not just be more engaged and productive, but happier with their work. The American Psychological Association published a feature about morale boosting in the workplace. Read on for the main takeaways.


According to the article, “employees who said they like their jobs are twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall — reporting strong relationships, effective money management, good health and engagement in their communities — as those who are disengaged and unhappy at work.” As members of RPI, we know how crucial engagement is. Here are the suggestions they gave to help your employees enjoy their work.


Encourage flexibility

The benefits of flexible work schedules for employees are widely known. The article reiterates that allowing your employees the ability to work when and where they want can give them a greater sense of control over their work. When employees can work how they like, job satisfaction is increased. A 2009 study by Arla Day, PhD, a psychology professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, found that this flexibility can greatly reduce burnout.


Give your employees a voice

This suggestion comes from James Campbell Quick, PhD, professor of organizational behavior and leadership at the University of Texas at Arlington. He explains that Johnson & Johnson does this well. The company works in smaller teams that make up one larger team. This way, all voices get heard instead of being lost in a larger team. Inclusion is key to a healthy work life, which bleeds into personal lives as well.


Have regular meetings

On the same track as the last point, having regular team meetings allows you to keep in touch with your employees’ feelings and ideas. Dr. Quick emphasized the importance of these meetings, saying, “it has to be about talking to people, listening to what they say back and really hearing them.” Face-to-face interaction is the best way to check in with employees and discuss how they are feeling about their work.


Discuss accountability

There is a strong relationship between work life and home life. Talk to your employees about how they are feeling — are they stressed? Overloaded? Educate them on how they can be accountable for their well-being and consider offering resources such as fitness passes to encourage them.


Overall, the article stresses the importance of tuning into the needs and ideas of every employee. It is all about personal connection and stressing health and well-being.


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