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April 9, 2021 Haeli Harris

How to Boost Employee Morale in 2021

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It’s no secret that employee morale is one of those things in business that is essential to understand…but what exactly is the employee morale meaning?

We’ll explain what employee morale is, why it matters, how to measure it, and how benefits can improve it.

This article is for business owners, managers, team leaders, CEO’s, or anyone who wants to know how to improve employee productivity & morale in 2021.

What is Employee Morale?

To define employee morale:

Employee morale or workspace morale is the morale of employees in workspace environment. It is proven to have a direct effect on productivity.

Morale is how your employees feel about coming to work everyday, how they approach their assigned tasks, and their attitude about the direction the company is taking.

Put simply, employee morale is the culmination of job satisfaction, life outlook, and attitude.

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Why Does Employee Morale Matter?

Morale is a vital part of your company’s culture — a positive collective attitude will create a positive environment, and a positive environment certainly can improve attitude.

If your company has poor morale and a company culture that is suffering , decreased productivity can follow.

Last year was one of the most difficult years for companies and their employees. COVID-19 caused extreme business fluctuations, including companies large and small closing their doors, layoffs and furloughs, and a huge part of our workforce being required to work remotely from home. All this summarized the ongoing health crisis, having major impacts on employee mental health, productivity, concentration and morale.

A SHRM COVID study showed that:

  • 34% of employers didn’t have an emergency preparedness plan for dealing with such a crisis.
  • 7 in 10 or employers are struggling to adapt to remote work
  • 2 in 3 employers say maintaining employee morale has been a challenge (over 500 employees report more of a challenge than small to medium businesses)

The biggest challenge reported by SHRM was maintaining company culture!

Employees suffering from poor morale can be unmotivated, unenthused, and unengaged. Improving morale in your company can improve your productivity and company culture. Morale, productivity, and company culture are are tied together and affect one another. When one suffers, they all suffer.

How Can You Tell Morale is Low and How can you Measure Morale?

The easiest way to keep an eye on your company’s morale is to maintain a relationship with each employee. You’ll notice shifts in their behaviors and attitudes if morale does begin to slip. If your company is too large to make this possible, keep in contact with direct supervisors. They should be able to give you a good indication of how things are going in their areas.

Surveying employees has proven to be a great way to keep an eye on many aspects of a business, including morale. You can get a good picture of where your employees are at, morale-wise, and monitor the direction your employees feel your company is going. Check in often, so that if you get a few degrees off course, corrections can be more easily made.

There are mixed feelings about using turnover and absentee rates as a measure of morale; there are many other factors that can impact those rates. But they can serve as a useful measurement just don’t completely count on them.

Related: 3 Tips to Improve Morale for Hospital Staff


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Morale Boosting Activities for the Workplace & don’t Forget your Remote Workers

How to improve your company’s culture.

  • Share a lunch together at least 1x per week – When working in an office together, you’d likely share a meal with your coworkers often! So, bring that culture-building activity back into the virtual workplace via video conference. Make sure to allow for 60 minutes and let them \ come and go as they need.
  • Learn together– Did you know there are many virtual classes available online! What about a group cooking class, or even learning a new language!
  • Virtual Guided Meditation– Taking time to clear your mind improves focus and productivity. Offering these benefits to your team with a group meditation session each week will not only be great for their minds but for the team connection as well.

Did you know Nivati offers Guided Meditation?

Employees can take time (even just two minutes!) to quiet their minds as our practitioners guide them through calming meditations. Whether your team needs a calming break in the middle of their workday, meditations to help them fall asleep at night, or someone to guide their first steps to starting a meditation practice — we’ve got them covered.

  • Virtual Yoga– No matter your level of flexibility, online yoga classes can be a fun way to connect with your team!

We also offer that!

We have live, customized sessions and videos created for every level. Build strength, find flexibility, ease body aches and find calm through our yoga sessions. Our talented practitioners will guide your team every step of the way.

Provide more effective training

Trained employees are happy employees because knowing how to complete every task assigned prevents misunderstandings and workplace tension. Make sure everyone is trained and give them the tools they need to complete their jobs. Don’t repeat the same, boring, basic tutorials at every meeting. Find a new angle to tackle work trainings from.

The bottom line is to find what works for your company in monitoring and improving morale.

Get feedback

Your first best bet to improving employee morale is to have a read on your company’s pulse. The feeling of a company can be very different in the c-suite compared to workers on the front lines.

Make sure to keep things in perspective by interacting with employees regularly, sending surveys, and getting a general read on how things are working (or not) for everyone in the company.

Offer an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) with mental health in mind

Our employee workforce mental health easy-to-use app offers:

Live, personalized, virtual mental health sessions online in seconds with our easy-to-use app. Certified therapists offer therapy whenever staff need support, so employees can get back to work and feeling better. Whatever the issue — anxiety, work stress, relationship issues, depression — we have counselors at the ready to help you through it.

We could all use a little support in our lives! Allow our certified life coaches to help you identify your goals, values, what’s holding you back, strategies to move forward and so much more. We even have financial coaches that will help you take control of your financial future. Speak to coaches live for customized virtual life coaching sessions or view our library of recorded content for helpful videos.

Nivati takes a holistic approach to mental health, offering complete care to employees.  Instead of only providing care when your team is in crisis, we’re here anytime, anywhere, providing preventative care through mindfulness, guided meditation, physical fitness, stress-relieving virtual yoga, and more.

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Haeli Harris

Haeli Harris, LMFT is the Lead Counselor at Nivati. She has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2014. Haeli has experience working as a therapist in private practice settings, residential facilities, outpatient treatment care, schools, and telehealth.

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, UT & HI
Registered Yoga Teacher 200
Trauma Conscious Yoga (2021)
Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Utah
Master's of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University