30 Jun

Great SWAG for Canada Day

Posted in News, Promotional Products, Synergy Suggestions on 30.06.16 by John Meloche

Canada Day is tomorrow and it’s going to be a beautiful day. With the great weather we’re getting it would be crazy not to embrace the outdoors. Companies are doing exactly that as they’re celebrating with all sorts of great outdoor events. In addition to this, there’s been a lot of corporate swag giveaways. But we’re wondering what the best swag to give is? Here’s a few suggestions:

  1. Hats. A classic corporate gift. This is perfect for the outdoors and those beautiful sunny days. Not only this, but it allows your employees to represent your brand almost anywhere they go. It’s a great promotional gift that has multiple purposes, something that’s good for everybody.
  2. T-shirts. Another classic summer gift. Really part of the ideal summer attire, and again another effective means of company representation. A great travelling advertisement.
  3. Steak Knives. Speaking of outdoor events, BBQ’s are a Canada Day staple. They’re perfect for the summer weather and great for celebrating our great country. Nothing’s better than a nice BBQ on a nice summer day. Steak knives just help that idea and let your employees enjoy their Canada Day that much more.

While it is Canada Day and we are celebrating our country, this is a great excuse to hand out SWAG and celebrate your employees. We’re celebrating the country and the great people living in it.

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24 Sep

3 Ways To Make Your Employees Proud To Work For You

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 24.09.15 by John Meloche

Smiling lady working at call center office with colleagues“More than two-thirds—67 percent—of people surveyed by Boston-based Globoforce said they were motivated by praise from a manager and 78 percent said they’d work harder if their contributions were recognized,” reports Margaret Littman on Entrepreneur.com, “So, thanking folks isn’t just a social nicety. It boosts the bottom line.” And what business owner doesn’t want to boost his or her bottom line?

It can be argued that a focus on employee morale is both the most effective and most cost-conscious method of brand-boosting available. It’s widely known that when people are happy to be working for their employers, they are bound to perform at their best. As we pointed out in yesterday’s blog, it’s very beneficial to acknowledge your workers. How are you making your employees proud to work for you?

Here are three ways to encourage that:

1. Come up with cool traditions. What makes working for your business different than working for anyone else? People feel great senses of pride when they are part of something special. And, as we discussed yesterday, it’s your job as a business owner to make your employees feel special. On Grasshopper.com, Emma Siemasko writes that creating traditions that are unique to your business can significantly boost employee pride.

“Employees who are committed to your company are a huge asset to you,” she reminds us, “The longer talented employees stick around, the bigger the benefits to you and your business. A fun way to encourage commitment is to create traditions. Zappos designs different license plates with employees’ names on them. Team members get a license plate for every milestone like 1 year with the Zappos team, 5 years, 10 years, etc.”

2. Be charitable. As we’ve often said in the past, giving to charity is a win-win situation. Showing your generosity towards worthy causes is an important action to take all on its own. But, as a business owner, you stand to present your business to the public in a very favourable light by displaying its charitable side. Your employees will certainly notice as well, and not hesitate to spread the word about your company’s kind deeds.

Littman is an advocate of being charitable. In fact, she recommends it as a way to reward your employees for jobs well done. “Giving to charity is a personal decision, and even well-intentioned efforts to make a donation in someone else’s name fail,” she notes, “Opt for a giving card like those offered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Using this gift card, the recipient can give to the cause of his or her choice.”

3. Send them home with cool “swag”. Proud employees are bound to represent the companies they work for on their chests. Literally! How often have you seen someone wearing a t-shirt or sweater with their employer’s name and logo on it? That’s the sign of a proud employee. “Show employees you appreciate them with cool swag,” insists Siemasko, “Get t-shirts, stickers, and water bottles with your logo stamped on.”

At Synergy Marketing, we proudly provide Canadian business owners with the coolest swag that they can get their hands on! Pens, water bottles, key chains, wine stoppers, golf tees, knives, flashlights and so much more are available at very affordable prices. Consider giving them to both your customers and your employees in order to make the best impressions possible. To order yours, call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 today!

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23 Sep

5 Ways To Show That You Prioritize Employee Morale

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 23.09.15 by John Meloche

Woman wearing a headset working at customer supportOver the past couple of days, the Synergy Marketing Blog has been focused on the concept of appreciating customers. It wasn’t the first time we’ve covered this topic and it certainly won’t be the last. We are in the business of saying “thank you” to customers, as our amazing promotional products are most often used as methods of showing gratitude. It should go without saying that it’s important to show the people who support your business how much they mean to you.

On Grasshopper.com, Emma Siemasko states that your customers aren’t the only ones who deserve to receive signs of your appreciation. “It’s not the products, services, and profits that make a company great — it’s the people who make them happen,” she writes, “Your employees are the ones who boost your marketing, talk to customers, and balance your books, but they don’t always feel appreciated.”

Making employees feel valued is a key component to any successful business. Especially when the team members are the ones who are in direct communication with the employees, it’s important to have them be proud members of the organization. Boosting employee morale, it can be argued, should be on the top of the priority lists of all business owners. Is it on the top of yours?

Here are five ways to show that you prioritize employee morale:

1. Make it a point to express thanks often. The easiest and most obvious way to show your team that they matter to you is tell them whenever it’s appropriate. Siemasko writes that this can be done face-to-face, through emails or handwritten cards. Just know that the more you show your appreciation, the more your employees will feel valued. This can go a long way in ensuring that they remain productive.

2. Give your team some time off. No matter how much people love their jobs, they love spending time with their families even more. You can ensure that you have a happy staff by allowing them a little extra time to be with their loved ones now and again. “You can’t add more hours to the day, but you can give an extra day (or afternoon) off to someone whose work has been exemplary,” suggests Margaret Littman on Entrepreneur.com.

3. Throw a party or take them to lunch. Who doesn’t enjoy a party? It’s hard to go wrong with free food and drinks. And if you’re looking to show that you care about the morale in your office, you’ll splurge on a nice restaurant or caterer once in a while. “Give employees a chance to unwind, and remember that genuine expressions of appreciation are more powerful than kegs of beer,” advises Siemasko.

4. Offer up your parking spot. Many business owners have the luxury of getting top choice parking spots. Many of their employees wish they had such parking spaces. Perhaps, you can offer your spot for a week as an incentive for your top producing employees. As an alternative, “if most of your staff takes public transportation choose a transit pass for the employee of the month,” recommends Littman.

5. Celebrate milestones. “Your employees’ lives are full of big moments, both inside and outside of work,” reminds Siemasko, “Taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate them can go a long way.” She goes on to point out that there is no shortage of milestones that you can acknowledge. Birthdays are the most obvious. But celebrating work anniversaries and other accomplishments such as marriages, moves and the births of children are also very worthwhile.

Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s blog as we continue to explore this topic. And don’t forget one of the most tried-and-true ways to boost employee morale in history – giving them free promotional gifts. To order yours, call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884!

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21 Jul

3 More Awesome Ideas For Boosting Employee Morale

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 21.07.15 by John Meloche

Excited successful business team of diverse multiethnic young people sitting at a table in the office cheering exuberantly as they celebrate a successful outcome on the laptop computerWe often talk about how important it is to impress your customers. And, of course, it’s true. Each day, you need to put in strong efforts to satisfy those who have chosen to support your business. After all, what would your business be without them? However, it has to be mentioned that your employees are equally important to your company’s success. What would your business be without them too?

Most often, it is your staff members who are directly interacting with the members of your client base. They are on the front lines when it comes to representing your company. So, it should probably go without saying that your employees also need to be satisfied on a regular basis. The more you work towards improving employee morale, the harder your team is bound to work. In yesterday’s blog, we pointed out some great ideas for how you can do just that.

Here are three more awesome ideas:

1. Celebrate personal milestones. On Inc.com, Jayson Demers reminds us that everyone has lives outside of the office. And, in many ways, those lives enter the office by way of pictures of family members or stories of vacations. Obviously, co-workers get to know each other pretty well. And, as Demers points out, it’s important to appreciate the fact that people can be celebrated at work for a lot more than just the work they do.

“Keep tabs on your employees and celebrate their personal milestones,” he insists, “Doing so not only makes them feel like they’re a part of your corporate family, it also involves your other employees as part of a bigger collective. Celebrate birthdays by gathering people for a celebratory break, send flowers when one of your workers has a child, and send a gift when one of your workers gets married. Little things make a big difference.”

2. Offer random acts of kindness. On TheMuse.com, Ashley Fidel advises business owners to take things a step further by getting to know your employees better. In fact, she advises that you ask them to fill out questionnaires that encourage them to list their “favourites”. Everything from their favourite candies, flowers, magazines and sports teams can be information that your questionnaires seek to obtain.

Getting this information will play a huge role in just how thoughtful a boss you prove to be! “When someone’s been working late all week, surprise him with his favourite candy on Friday,” recommends Fidel, “Or, on someone’s birthday, get her a bouquet of her favourite flowers. Everyone appreciates random acts of kindness, but these gestures are more meaningful if you’ve put time into investigating and remembering gifts that they’ll actually enjoy.”

3. Showcase a positive attitude. “The best way to encourage positive attitudes throughout the company is to carry a positive attitude yourself,” insists Demers, “Positive mentalities, just like negative mentalities, are contagious and compounding.” So do the best you can to offer positive and motivational comments on a regular basis. It’s important to lead by example. The more sincere you are, the better, of course!

Fidel agrees, admitting that “it’s impossible to be cheery 100% of the time, but stress and negativity are incredibly infectious.” She continues by stressing the importance of leading by example by noting that “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.”

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17 Jul

4 Ways To Do In-Office Competitions Right

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 17.07.15 by John Meloche

Group of people ready to race in an officeAt Synergy Marketing, we like having fun in the workplace. We’re not talking about the type of fun that takes our attention away from our important daily tasks. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The fun that we like to have includes friendly competition amongst our sales reps. Our employees are rewarded for their results, and because of that, they are each highly motivated to produce each and every day.

Friendly competition in the workplace helps to inspire teamwork as well. As we have covered over the course of our last two blogs, in-office competition can do a lot to increase your company’s productivity. There’s certainly a right way and a wrong way to go about it though. It’s important that the “games” being played are the types that promote positive atmospheres, not those of hostility and resentment.

1. Be clear about the rules of the competition. It’s important that each and every member of your staff feels confident about how they may be able to win a prize. “Make sure the rules of the competition are extremely clear and firm,” insists GainesvilleBizReport.com, “Study the rules carefully to ensure that there are no loopholes or ways to game the system. Nothing is as de-motivating as having to give a huge prize to someone who cheated the system to win it.”

2. Create team identities. One of the key objectives of creating team competitions, as we’ve been pointing out, is to inspire people to work together. A boost in employee morale is one of the greatest benefits of setting up your own in-office games. However, people do like to have added reasons to put forth their best efforts. Creating team identities that instil senses of pride in competitors helps for the competition to be all that more competitive.

“Research suggests that team composition works best if teams are divided by gender or have an equal gender split,” writes Marilee B. Sprenger on Dummies.com, “A feeling of being a minority in any team is a problem. For instance, a team of four men and two women often results in the women contributing less. Mixed teams generate better ideas than single-sex teams. All-male teams are more likely to become overly competitive.”

3. Recognize people publicly. A physical prize is great. But many employees truly appreciate the gesture that comes with public acknowledgement. Don’t forget to provide praise to your competition winners in front of the rest of your team. It will go a long way in motivating all of your employees to reach similar heights. Sara Angeles of Business News Daily explains how this works for her.

“When my sales reps have an exceptional week I find that publicly recognizing their accomplishments in front of their peers is that extra little morale boost to keep pushing,” she reveals, “We make sure the entire office is aware of the accomplishments of our reps by holding an ‘honouring ceremony.’ The highest achiever receives a custom-made crown with his or her name on it.”

4. Create an in-office podium. We don’t mean that you necessarily have to create an actual podium for your employees to stand on when they win competitions. Instead, we encourage you to give out prizes to more than just your first place winner. “Consider awarding multiple prizes,” recommends GainesvilleBizReport.com, “It is good to have a second and third prize too, so that if one member of the team gets far ahead of everyone else, people will at least continue to compete for the other prizes.”

Synergy Marketing’s promo gifts work as great prizes! Call us at 1-877-748-9884 to order yours today!

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15 Apr

3 More Ways To Bolster Your Business Team

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 15.04.15 by John Meloche

Competitive businessman wearing hockey equipmentThe NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin tonight! And that means that excitement is at a fever pitch all throughout Canada. Not necessarily in Toronto, however. Our hometown Toronto Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs for a second straight season, after completing one of their most dismal attempts to make it back to the postseason in years. Things are bit different in other parts of the country.

Interestingly, round one of the playoffs will feature a couple of all-Canadian match-ups. The Ottawa Senators will battle it out with the Montreal Canadiens while the Vancouver Canucks will face the Calgary Flames over on the west coast. Toronto hockey fans will sadly have to adopt a new team to get behind. Again. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, our hockey team vastly needs improving. Does your company’s team need improving as well?

Here are three more ways to bolster your business team:

1. Encourage and accept feedback. In order for your employees to truly get behind your company’s mandate to perform at its best, they need to feel like what they do and say matters. There is no one better than those on the front line to listen to when it comes to drumming up ideas to improve your company’s success. Your team members who work directly with your customers know what makes your customers tick. Listen to feedback and implement changes where appropriate.

“People will work for something they believe is worth doing because it makes the world better,” writes Tim Berry on BusinessInsider.com, “Believe that, live that, and other people will join you. It’s not about sales growth and profits unless you own the company and plan to sell it. Until then, it’s about doing something that matters.” Your team will feel like what they are doing matters when you prove to them that their contributions truly makes a difference.

2. Let your team be part of your company’s development. It’s one thing to accept feedback. It’s another thing to allow your team members to come up with the ideas that will bring about positive change. If you really want your team to perform well, you may want to give them the responsibility of seeing whether or not they can come up with ways to improve business on their own. Berry refers to this as a “SWOT analysis”.

“Get the team together and do bullet points for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats,” he explains, “Strengths and weaknesses are internal, opportunities and threats are external. It gets people thinking about strategy.” When you have your team on board with your strategy – partly because they helped to come up with it – it will encourage them to perform at their best in order to see their ideas through.

3. Keep statistics. If it’s one thing that sports fans really love to pay attention to, it’s statistics. How else are they able to determine who the best players in their favourite leagues are? As a business owner, you should take the same approach to bolstering your team. Keep statistics and share them with your team. The only way to improve performance is to let them know exactly how they’re doing.

“Find numbers for everybody and live them and own them,” insists Berry, “Not just dollars in sales or costs or expenses; find the real numbers your team members can live with, take pride in, improve, and (point 2 above) own. That might be page views, clicks, links in, meals served, trips, engagements, conversion, calls, presentations, whatever. Give everybody numbers. Make an environment in which people care about their numbers, check them daily, hurt when they’re bad, feel good when they’re good.”

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17 Mar

5 Ways To Run A Fair And Unbiased Incentive Program

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 17.03.15 by John Meloche

HelpNot everyone likes award shows. “I never watch them,” commented one of our clients yesterday, “I’m really not into being told what the ‘best’ this or that is. I have my own opinion. And honestly, none of my favourites ever win anything so I can’t be bothered to watch any of that stuff.” Evidently, the Grammys, the Oscars and even this past weekend’s Junos aren’t for everyone. In some cases, it just seems as if they’re “playing favourites”.

This is why it’s incredibly important to be fair and honest when providing awards to your staff members based on their performance. In yesterday’s blog, we revealed a few statistics about how beneficial it can be to offer incentive programs at your workplace. Tom Armbruster of UniTwin.com warns, however, that you should avoid bias at all costs. You don’t want to alienate any members of your staff.

“Employees will be watching carefully to ensure that all co-workers are treated fairly,” he writes, “It should go without saying that favouritism, cronyism and nepotism should be avoided at all costs. Whatever strategy you use to choose your award recipients it should be based on merit.” So what you should you do to ensure that your incentive program treats all employees fairly and equally? Armbruster offers up some sound suggestions. Here are five.

1. Have a specific goal. When your employees are receiving their awards, they should know exactly what the awards are for. Therefore, it’s important to outline specific goals that you wish for your staff members to achieve. “This goal should be especially meaningful to your organization, this may mean that you want to encourage teamwork or innovation, or maybe you want to improve the safety of the workplace by encouraging employees through a recognition program,” suggests Armbruster.

2. Acknowledge tenure. In yesterday’s blog, we pointed out that awarding performance over tenure is most effective. But that doesn’t mean that you should avoid acknowledging those who have worked for you the longest. It’s important to recognize the contributions of your longest-standing employees. “While this doesn’t have as tangible of an effect on productivity, it will encourage employees to stick around if they see that the senior employees are being treated well,” Armbruster insists.

3. Make everyone eligible. As mentioned, your reward program shouldn’t serve to alienate anybody. Everyone should be given the opportunity to benefit from the incentives that you offer. You’ll end up getting more productivity out of it. “Make sure that your reward program uses an open-ended, quota-based, or piece-rate structure,” says Armbruster, “This will ensure everybody has a chance at success and will therefore encourage more people to actively participate.”

4. Allow for choice. Perhaps, the best way to motivate your staff is to allow them to decide what the incentives for their efforts will be. Getting to choose your own prize is a great way to inspire a worker to be productive. “Consider letting employees choose their own rewards, based on a previously constructed options list,” Armbruster suggests, “This may end up saving you money in the long run, and will encourage employees to participate because they can work towards something they are guaranteed to want.”

5. Make it easy on yourself. Your rewards programs should be fun when it’s all said and done. Your mission is to boost employee morale and increase productivity in the workplace. It should be an enjoyable venture for all those involved. “A major complaint in workplaces that do provide reward programs is that they are not implemented properly,” Armbruster informs us, “A program’s success and return on investment depends on how well it’s operated so be sure that you’re tackling something you can handle.”

Call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 to order the promotional gift of your choice today. They often make the best employee rewards!

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16 Mar

5 Telling Statistics About Rewarding Employee Performance

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 16.03.15 by John Meloche

Businessman awarded with star awardThis past weekend, Canadian musicians were celebrated as part of the annual Juno Awards. The ceremony, as you’re likely aware, doles out awards to the nation’s top musical performers. It’s the Canadian version of the Grammys, if you will. This brings to mind an important question. What is your company’s version of the Junos? Do you dole out awards to the best performers at your place of business? If not, there’s no time like the present to get started.

Offering your employees incentives for jobs well done is an excellent way to promote productivity in the workplace. For many years, the great promotional products offered by Synergy Marketing have been used as ways to award top performances in offices all over Canada. And you don’t just have to take our word for it. “When it comes to incentive programs, they have some significant positive effects on employee performance,” writes Tom Armbruster on UniTwin.com.

Here are five telling statistics about rewarding employee performance:

1. It can increase interest in work and therefore, performance. It has often been said that a happy staff is a productive staff. When you give your staff members reasons to enjoy their jobs, they will be a lot more likely to be better workers. Armbruster reveals that offering employees incentives based on their performance can increase their interest in work and cause an increase in performance by as much as 22-44%.

2. It makes employees feel valued. Most people like to know that their contributions to the companies they work for are of significance. Making your team members feel like they matter – because they do – is a great way to inspire them to be loyal. Armbruster writes that “98% of employees value award programs”. With a mere 2% of employees still unhappy with such incentives, it seems hard to go wrong with introducing a recognition program of your choice.

3. Awarding performance over tenure is most effective. Armbruster warns that you shouldn’t just award staff for good behaviour. This is what is expected of them. As well, providing an award based on tenure may have some value, but it won’t be as valuable to your company in the long run. He notes that “it is more effective to use recognition programs over tenure based programs by 14%.” In other words, don’t make it seem as if you have to be working at your business for a long time in order to be recognized.

4. There are benefits to longer-term programs. When you introduce incentives into the culture of your workplace, make sure that they exist for the long haul. You want to be sure to reward performance on an ongoing basis. Your employees will appreciate your commitment. “Longer-term programs produce an average of a 44% increase in performance, versus a 20-30% average increase in short term programs,” writes Armbruster.

5. There will be less turnover. You don’t want to lose employees who are contributing to your company’s bottom line. This is one of the most important reasons to recognize good performance. As you know, it is both time consuming and costly to hire new staff. “Employee recognition programs lead to 31% lower employee turnover than companies that don’t use them,” Armbruster reveals.

“Awards should only be given to those whose work goes above and beyond the call of duty, not just that which is required in the job description,” he continues. At Synergy Marketing, we offer the best promo products in the business. And as mentioned, they very often are used as awards to employees who are performing above and beyond the call of duty. Order yours today! Give us a call at 1-877-748-9884.

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12 Sep

5 Great Ways To Make Your Staff A Happier One

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 12.09.14 by John Meloche

Excited group of business people-isolatedOver the past couple of days, the Synergy Marketing Blog has focused on the theme of boosting employee morale. Maybe it’s because we tend to have a pretty energetic atmosphere in our offices. Our sales reps truly believe in the incredible promotional products that we offer, and they’re very motivated to communicate their benefits to the many great business owners all across Canada.

But the morale levels at Synergy Marketing are based on more than just that quality of our products. We keep things light. Music is always playing and the members of our team are encouraged to socialize, share ideas and motivate each other through friendly competitions. It’s this type of attitude towards work that has helped our company to thrive. And very similar attitudes are bound to help yours as well!

With school back in, many workers have kids that are now busier than ever. Going back into work, however, doesn’t generally change the nature of how busy the average employee is. So getting your employees out of the “same old thing” rut is especially important this month. On BusinessBee.com, Sarah Teczar offers up five great ways to help make your staff members happier.

1. Create a fun office environment. This speaks to what we mentioned earlier. Your office needs to be a fun place to be in order to make the members of your staff more productive workers. “Make fun an integral part of the job by planning activities and games during conferences, meetings, and training programs,” suggests Teczar, “This will make work events more enjoyable and help employees build camaraderie through teamwork.”

2. Show employees why their work matters. Showing appreciation will always go a long way. People naturally work harder when they know that their efforts are not going unnoticed. “Even employees who are passionate about their jobs can lose sight of the bigger picture if they can’t see how their work impacts the company,” Teczar reminds us, “To help boost morale, introduce them to some of the clients their work impacts.”

3. Grant employees personal recognition. Point out the great things that have been done by specific employees. Do so publicly so as to not only shine a well-deserved spotlight on your hard-working employee, but to encourage the rest of your team to follow suit. Then, there are the simple things, as Teczar points out. “Begin by learning the names of each employee. Take the time to say hello and ask how they’re doing,” she suggests.

4. Entrust employees with important tasks. People like to know that they can be trusted. It gives them the confidence to show what they’re really made of. “Giving your workers responsibility boosts employees’ morale and increases production by making them feel more empowered,” says Teczar, “They want to know their ideas are being heard and that their opinions matter.” Be sure to ask for input from your employees and seriously consider implementing their ideas.

5. Give small rewards and personalized perks. As you know, this is a tip that we champion, here at Synergy Marketing. There’s nothing like a useful and practical physical representation of a “thank you” to boost the spirits of your team members. Of course, we like to call such “thank yous” the best promo products in the business! And we have many different ones to offer. For more information, or to place an order, simply call us at 1-877-748-9884 today!

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11 Sep

6 Creative Ways To Boost Employee Morale

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 11.09.14 by John Meloche

SuccessIn yesterday’s blog, we commented upon the fact that when the new school year starts, it can present quite the downer. And we’re not talking about how students feel. We’re referring to the ways in which the average employee takes to going in to work every day. You see, when school starts, students experience huge changes in their lives. But for those in the work force, it’s simply back to the same old routine.

Spicing things up, therefore, becomes an important job for a business owner. Boosting employee morale is a huge part of what helps a business to thrive. After all, as is continually heard, a happy employee is a productive employee, right? However, as Mike Michalowicz states on AmericanExpress.com, “when it comes to boosting employee morale, some companies just don’t get it.” Here are six creative ways to help boost employee morale.

1. Have a daily huddle. Now, many businesses do tend to have morning meetings. But as Michalowicz points out, your daily standing huddles should serve as natural shots of energy. Be sure to “share the actions and progress you’re taking to make things better.” He notes that motivational huddles will do a lot more to boost the energy of your office than offering the standard doughnuts and coffee each morning.

2. Switch up the schedule. “When people are in a rut, you need to break the routine,” Michalowicz writes, “Let them start late on Monday so they can clear up any personal stuff from the weekend and come in focused and ready to turn things around.” Now, you may be thinking that this tip is a bit out of the norm considering the importance of getting things going on Monday mornings. But just consider the positive impact it will have on those who work for you.

3. Let them talk. If it’s one thing that all employees hate, it’s when they feel that what they have to say doesn’t matter. It’s important for employees to believe that their voices are being heard and that their contributions are of consequence. “Meet with people individually or in small groups to share all the problems and challenges they’re facing,” suggests Michalowicz, “This process is a major step in instantly recovering morale.”

4. Take one for the team. Going to bat for someone is arguably the most admirable thing you can do. Fending for a teammate, standing up for your employees and taking responsibility demonstrates true leadership skills. “Figure out what the one biggest stress point is that your employees are facing, then take the problem on yourself,” says Michalowicz, “Take on the problem yourself—for your team—and morale will go up.”

5. Change the scenery. “Even in a great workspace, emotions can fall when the physical environment stays the same,” writes Michalowicz, “Get your team out of the office occasionally for a totally unique and different activity…While everyone is out, have the office freshly painted with bright colors. The return to a clean space may just be the spark you need to instantly improve morale.”

6. Say thank you. At Synergy Marketing, we’re all about showing appreciation. This is one of the top reasons our promotional products work so well. When people are thanked for the work that they do, they are bound to work that much harder. But as Michalowicz puts it, sometimes all you need are those “two simple words. Say it, say it about something specific, and say it with meaning. Appreciation always increases morale.”

To get your hands on those excellent employee-thanking promotional gifts, call us up at 1-877-748-9884!

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