10 Ways To Boost Morale At Work

10 Creative Tips To Boost Workplace Morale At Your Job

When employees have low moral it can be hard to be productive. If you or your colleagues have low morale at work, give these 10 tips a try.

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Humans experience stressors every day. Home or dorm life, school, relationships, and extracurricular activities all present stress. However, a job can especially produce stress. If your job exhibits low employee morale, maybe it is time for a change. High morale is a sure fire way to increase productivity. Read these 10 tips to improve morale in the workplace and ask a colleague or supervisor if the tips are possible to implement.

1. Praise colleagues and subordinates

We all work hard at our jobs — whatever it is we do. Co-workers like to hear praise from others. Identifying their efforts could brighten their day. Simply showing we appreciate hard work can create a more productive environment.

2. Promote weekly incentives

Even if your workplace is on a budget, there are still ways to provide incentives. It could be a gift card, iPhone utilities, movie tickets, a holiday raffle, or some perks in the workplace. When employees experience rewards for their hard work, they feel regenerated and ready to work hard.

3. Survey employees

Feedback can be reciprocal. Hearing feedback about myself allows me to consider what my strengths are and what I need to improve upon. On the flip side, if an employer surveyed me and asked what I think needs improvement, I would provide honest and solid feedback. Employees feel valued when their feedback is taken into consideration.

4. Coordinate fun non-work related activities

Taking some time to participate in non-work related activity can be a good opportunity to take everyone's mind off the stresses of work. Also, it provides a chance for co-workers to know each other a little better. Morale can have a major spike when colleagues are given a chance to relax and take their minds off the job.

5. Decorate the workplace

This tip is especially helpful around the holidays. Fun Christmas or Halloween decorations can put anyone in a good mood when they arrive to work. Maybe you can delegate this task to someone who enjoys arts and crafts. Decorating is a fun way to make your workplace more pleasant and enjoyable.

6. Write a workplace song or chant

This one is a little cheesy, but come on, who doesn't like cheesy? This is a fun way for co-workers to collaborate and create something that belongs to their company, branch, or department. It is an entertaining way to relax and find out who can write the best song or chant.

7. Encourage a group prayer/meditation session before or after work

Personally, whenever I pray or meditate, I feel rejuvenated and ready to face the next challenge. Giving that sense of energy to the workplace can build stronger bonds and teamwork. Giving colleagues a few moments to reflect can bring positive change to a work environment.

8. Recognize personal accomplishments outside the workplace

Anyone at work run a marathon? Get accepted to grad school? Ace a final exam? Quit smoking? These examples and more deserve recognition. We all work hard every day. So, when a colleague triumphs, it should be celebrated. Acknowledging personal achievements is a great way to show the support that co-workers deserve.

9. Lead by example

When colleagues see that someone is calm and collected, they will respond similarly. Putting on a brave face shows that any situation is under control. Spreading positivity in the workplace can boost morale and relieve some stress employees may be feeling. Providing leadership in tough times can put a team back on track.

10. Have a brainstorming session with your colleagues

Presenting the workplace with an opportunity to share ideas and opinions is crucial to teamwork and morale. There are no bad ideas and brainstorming can lead to anything. Supplying deliberation is essential to team unity and trust.

Workplace morale is just as important as a paycheck. The workplace should be an area where hard working people come together and accomplish their goals. Yes, we all work positions in which we do not want to show up every day. But if you work in a place with positive attitudes and high spirits, then your hard work will be worth it. Try and implement these tips at your job and note the difference in your work environment.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"
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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy." No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher, we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it's obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgmental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don't mean that I'm predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn't easy. It's very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for a while and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you're the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it's about what I learn and the memories that I make, the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I'd rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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Gen Z Can And Will Change The World, Just Look At The Enactus Campus Expo

Making a difference is easier than you think, and it starts right on your college campus.

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Most of you reading this are likely in Generation Z. We get mocked for being addicted to technology, being lazy and for just being young in general.

I think that's entirely false, and so do thousands of students across the world.

I'm a member of my school's Enactus chapter, one of the thousands around the world. Enactus is an international organization composed of students using their skills for social entrepreneurship, bringing their classroom schools to real-world problems and creating real solutions.

Earlier this month, Enactus teams from the United States met in Kansas City for the National Exposition to present what they've been working on this school year.

While my small team focuses largely on issues in our local community due to our minimal resources, many schools around the country are bringing change to those in need worldwide. The top four teams were working in countries like Kenya and the Philippines to help entrepreneurs there get businesses up and running and make life better for them and their communities.

I was blown away by the work students my age are doing. It made me think about how bad of a reputation Gen Z gets and how people don't realize just how much work we are doing to improve our world.

Enactus is committed to furthering the United Nations' Global Goals initiative, which works to eliminate what the UN lists as the number one problem in the world: poverty. Enactus teams do this through community and worldwide projects that help to give others the opportunities they need to succeed.

Oh, and did I mention we work these projects on less than a shoestring budget? College kids are basically professionals at working with little funds.

The National Expo really opens eyes to how much young people are capable of. We are ending poverty, reducing pollution, bringing education to children, and basically saving the world - with or without an Enactus team behind us.

If there's an Enactus team on your campus, I urge you to check it out! If there's not, check out their website for resources to get one started on your campus!

I know that Gen Z will change the world - because we're already saving it. Everyone should stop sleeping on us, we have a lot to say if you would all just listen.

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