Are you noticing a decrease in energy and excitement among your team? Are you hearing more sighs and seeing more rolled eyes than usual? Are your team members taking a sloppy approach to simple tasks? If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, your team might be suffering from a lack of drive. If that’s the case, you might need to think about ways to boost morale.
If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, your team might be suffering from low morale. More than just a passing bad mood, low morale stems from a waning sense of job satisfaction and can be due to any number of factors—increased pressure from management, a round of lay-offs, a particularly miserable client, and more.
No matter what the cause, low morale requires a proactive response. And while you may not be able to change what’s going on in the broader organization, you can foster an environment that’s more productive and rewarding for your own team. Get started with these tried-and-true tactics.
1. “Good Job” Goes a Long Way
Busy days turn into busy weeks, which turn into busy months and years—which means we often forget to stop and celebrate small successes. But taking a moment to recognize your team members for a job well done in their day-to-day work is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way to boost morale.
it’s important to recognize people the right way—you shouldn’t just hand out meaningless compliments. Take notice when someone has improved or gone above and beyond and tell her that you were genuinely impressed with the particularly good work she did. Authenticity rules.
2. Set (Fun) Team Goals
Setting team goals is the backbone of every good management strategy. But while project goals, yearly performance metrics, and department-wide deliverables are all great motivators, they can also be hard to relate to on a daily basis.
Work with your team to determine some immediate goals! They can be work-related, or they can even be goofy things like reaching a team bagel consumption goal or competing to find the weirdest daily news story. Giving the team something to work toward in the short-term (and rewarding them with prizes) is a great way to build excitement.
3. Learn From Each Other
When managing a group of people, it’s crucial to remind your team that it’s made up of individuals who bring diverse skills to the group. This, of course, applies to workplace skills—Excel, PowerPoint, public speaking—but don’t forget about the perhaps underutilized creative talents of your employees.
Every few weeks, try hosting a rotating “skillshare” (you can base it on the Skillshare model of learning anything from anyone) where a team member presents an untapped skill to the entire group. You never know—you might have a secret wine connoisseur, art history buff, or mini-golf champ among you!
Encouraging people to share their talents and interests will not only give them a chance to work on something they’re really excited about, but it’ll also help the group to unwind together.
4. Go for Random Acts of Kindness
When new hires join the team, ask them to fill out a short questionnaire about their “favorites” (favorite candy, favorite flower, favorite magazine, favorite sports team.) Keep this information on file and use it when people could use an extra pick-me-up.
5. Lead by Example
It’s impossible to be cheery 100% of the time, but stress and negativity are incredibly infectious. If your team is headed into a busy season or tough project, it’s important to come to work with a good attitude every day and to be diligent about minimizing your complaints in front of team members.
Finding ways to boost morale should be a top priority and be consistent and strategic with your efforts. One-off pizza parties are not the ticket to good morale—but regularly communicating with your team, actively responding to feedback, and recognizing accomplishments will go a long way. After all, boosting morale will ultimately create a fulfilling and challenging work environment not just for your team, but for you too.
Our award-winning coaches at the Ignite Your Potential Centers offer a complimentary 25-minute phone session to help you come up with more ways to boost morale! We are the #1 career coaches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, let us show you how we earned that praise.
As an executive, you know that your resumé is one of the most critical career tools in your arsenal. Looking at your resumé with a fresh outlook and greater emphasis on branding yourself is a crucial step in getting you the interviews that you deserve.
The coaches at Ignite Your Potential understand the significance and power of your resume. That’s why we’ve compiled three strategies for you to capture the opportunities that align with your next right fit career move.
Decision-makers want proof. You may excel at what you do but providing evidence is essential. In other words, you need to support your claims in a specific and clear way. Proof that supports your uniques traits and achievements, distinguishes you from other candidates who only claim they can successfully bring “X” to the table.
This is a claim with desirable evidence:
- Generated a 9% profit growth in 13 months.
- Managed a team of 18 to execute new marketing strategies.
- In charge of direction, strategy, and management of X which represents 80% of our 1.2M budget.
2. Optimize Your Resume for ATS
Especially, when applying for a position online, a resume will most likely, be screened by ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems. Simply put, it’s software that supports electronic job recruitment and it can be a barrier that has nothing to do with your actual experience and expertise. Understanding the rules of ATS is essential to whether your resume passes through the gate or is kicked out. Almost 75 percent of job applications are rejected before they are seen by human eyes. Before they even see your credentials and highly-sought after skills, the ability for your resume to negotiate the ATS effectively, exponentially increases your chances to move to the next level and on your way to getting a callback. Here are a few tips for beating the Applicant Tracking Systems:
- Don’t bury your contact information in the header.
- Include keywords from the job description.
- Don’t use fancy templates that can get scrambled.
3. Make a Strategic Investment in Your Resume
The commitment of time and energy to present your achievements in a powerful way is perhaps the most important strategy. Our resume writers at Ignite Your Potential have worked with clients at every level of industry and profession. They know how to distill your resume into what decision-makers want to see, a clear and compelling resume that stands out. They know how to weave in your narrative, include aspects of your personality and strengths and craft materials that will get you interviews. Working with our highly experienced resume writers and their insider perspectives is a potent strategy not only for your resume but for the aspirations you have for your career.
I remember a client working in sales saying to me, ‘But I’m not a sales person.’ Imagine the affect of not identifying with what we are doing in the world? Another example, someone attempting to quit smoking while saying, ‘But deep down inside I’m really am a smoker.” Can you see how undermining identity issues can be to something we are trying to accomplish? Or how important aligning our identity with our values can be? To distill it, there is real value in taking the time to know who we are…or who we think we are. In other words, what is the story you tell yourself about who you are?
The challenge is that day-to-day, noticing our identity is like a fish noticing water. It’s something we are generally unconscious about. Yet, we have a sense of identity about all areas: career, relationships, the region we live in, habits and patterns, and of course, our personal self-image.
There can be a variety of areas this topic can fall into, there are also countless meanings and solutions behind it. It’s possible that a person is not identifying because who they really are doesn’t fit and they need to make some changes. A person can also feel this way because they have gone for something they want but they haven’t grown into it yet. Maybe they are ready for a change and this identity experience is just part of the transition? Another possibility is that since we have many different aspects of our personalities maybe one part of us does identify but another part of us feels ambivalent. Whatever the case…looking more deeply at ourselves will always be worthwhile.
Some aspects of identity are determined by our personality, which psychologists know is in large part fixed when we are born. Other facets of identity come about as we are raised, through out relationships, and our environments. There are areas of identity that we can change and there are areas we cannot. Those malleable areas can use a spring-cleaning now and again. This is something I work with clients around. This in part involves looking through our beliefs about ourselves and making sure they are up to date, aligned with our values, and feel accurate.
If you’re up for it, a short version of this can be explored answering the following questions for yourself. You can answer them in general and you can also apply them to a goal or a change you are attempting to make.
Take out a piece of paper and begin this the simple question: Who are you? When you come up with an answer, write it down, and ask yourself again, Who are you? You can do this for quite a while seeing what comes up. What sort of person are you? What do your life aims say about who you are? What do your choices in day-to-day life say about who you are? What does your lifestyle tell others about who you are? Spend as much time on this as you desire. Who are you really?
Think of the successful people you know. Is there any question about how they identify in the world? Do you wonder who they are really? No, you know…it’s written all over them. The point is not to force ourselves into an identity. First and foremost we have to hone in our values, goals, desires, archetypes, and symbols. If this sounds daunting, it’s time to get a coach who can make the process fun. Discovering all of who you really are is truly the adventure of a lifetime. You have to bring in your thinking mind but also your creative self, your body, and your heart too. Then, with these ideas in place we can work on actively developing a strong sense of identity. One that roots you in what you are moving towards. An identity that matches who you are in the world, what you do, and what you deliver.