Building employee morale has been a common theme among management as of late and for good reason. Company socials and outings, promoting exercise through walk-a-thons or friendly weight-loss contests, and other mood-boosting strategies are fine (although I felt a mandatory high-school-style company rally at one business I worked was a bit much).
But fancy plans aren’t always needed. Sometimes the simple approach is the best. So I’ve put together this list of 7 things I have found invaluable in maintaining positive relations at work based on the traits I referred to above.
There are plenty of nice things you can do for your coworkers on days when the world feels awful, and they can hopefully bring a much-needed smile on days where everything feels so terrible. No matter how close you are — whether you’re super close friends with your coworkers or merely acquaintances — these awesome acts of kindness will help you both smile, if only just for a few moments, and get through the work day.
- Buy your coworker her favorite iced cold beverage. There is nothing like an iced coffee or tea on a hot summer day.
- Celebrate Friday — or make Monday more bearable — by bringing in a treat for the entire department. Alternatively, you can do this on a rainy day to cheer everyone up.
- Offer to stay at work late or come in early to help a coworker with a difficult project. Don’t wait for him to ask you. Some people are reluctant to say they need assistance.
- Praise your associate for a job well done. People rarely complain about getting too many compliments.▪
- Clean out the break room fridge before everyone else arrives for the day or after they have left. You’ll have the gratitude of the entire staff.▪
- Ask your coworker to join your lunch group especially if he doesn’t have many workplace friends yet. Remember what it was like to have to eat alone?
- Share a snack — You never know what a few jellybeans might mean in someone’s otherwise challenging day.