Ways to Raise Morale In The Workplace

‘Stressful’ is often a term used to describe work environments when asking employees and over time this can cause morale in staff to drop and affect both productivity and quality of work produced. Not only that, but it can cause a high employee turn-over as staff lose confidence in what they do and themselves and feel they are better off in a different environment. 

If you’ve noticed your workplace morale starting to drop, consider the following techniques to spark inspiration and motivation back into the workplace before it starts to impact your profits.

Goal Driven Rewards

Rewards, whether monetary based or given in other ways such as vouchers or additional annual leave can be a great way to spur motivation in employees and if based around group achievements can help to encourage supportive and hard-working teams. Talk to your staff about the sort of rewards they would like to receive including creative contributions such as improved break areas, additional on-site facilities and the ability to work remotely. 

Charity Fundraising

Inspire your employees by arranging a workplace sponsored event or charity drive to raise money for good causes. Remind your employees that their hard work does count and provide them the opportunity to see the direct influence of what they do and where it helps. Fundraising can be as simple as an organised bake sale or more adventurous like a skydive or rock-wall climbing. Good causes to give to can be employee voted, allowing staff to choose causes close to their hearts or that have helped them in the past or when working with large teams, voted from a pre-chosen selection so nobody feels left out or unheard. Inspiration for choosing causes can come from local charities such as animal shelters and schools, seasonally driven causes such as Qurbani or Christmas, be in response to emergency appeals or include long-term sponsorships. 


Inspire your employees by arranging a workplace sponsored event or charity drive to raise money for good causes. Remind your employees that their hard work does count and provide them the opportunity to see the direct influence of what they do and where it helps. Fundraising can be as simple as an organised bake sale or more adventurous like a skydive or rock-wall climbing. Good causes to give to can be employee voted, allowing staff to choose causes close to their hearts or that have helped them in the past or when working with large teams, voted from a pre-chosen selection so nobody feels left out or unheard. Inspiration for choosing causes can come from local charities such as animal shelters and schools, seasonally driven causes such as Qurbani or Christmas, be in response to emergency appeals or include long-term sponsorships. 

Arrange A Fun Lunch

A great pick-me-up after a long project, a fun lunch for your employees can include a simple pizza buffet with a variety of choices and sides to keep everyone happy or a more involved lunch with fun activities such as a movie break, bowling outing and BBQ with outdoor games. Get your employees involved for some more inspiration and choose an option that is sure to cover a bit of what everyone likes. If the event turns out to be a success and shows a noticeable improvement in employee productivity and happiness, it can be used as a low-cost morale-booster to hold once a month or once a quarter. 

Provide an Opportunity for Remote Working

Some employees do well in a workplace environment but struggle to remain focused and attentive over the long work week, finding themselves and their productivity flagging towards Thursday and Friday. Other employees can even experience this in reverse, feeling anxious at the beginning of the week when anticipating a high amount of distractions or noise around them which only builds as the week progresses. Where the opportunity allows, offering employees a chance to work remotely so they can recharge away from the social environment and ensure that they can remain on top of their responsibilities and prevent a drop in the quality of their work will help them feel happier in what they do. In turn this helps grow loyalty between the staff member and the business and can help the employee maintain good relationships with their colleagues without feeling under pressure to always be involved. 

In the current economy, most people have no option but to work longer hours and many people find themselves in unsatisfying jobs but don’t feel like they can explore a different career path due to life responsibilities. Whether or not you have staff members that are in love with their job or simply feel a responsibility to turn up, it’s important to create a positive work environment where staff know their contributions and time are valued. With even a few small improvements, businesses will find that with an improved work environment that puts employee wellbeing first creates a loyal, hard-working and productive workforce.