Do you own a law firm? Boosting employee morale can be difficult in any industry, but for lawyers with their years of bitter experience at the mercy of unsympathetic judges and stingy clients, it can seem like an impossible feat! Don’t give up just yet. Follow these simple steps to show your employees that you care.
Employee engagement surveys are a great way to find out what your employees really think about the company. Many online software solutions allow you to send anonymous questions directly to your staff’s email to solicit honest feedback. When sending emails, it is important not to open them yourself! If there is no name attached, it will be clear that you have seen the content of their response, and this could lead them to give answers that they think you want rather than what they actually believe. You can even create your own surveys if you want. You can generate awareness and opportunities with the middle manager by easily sending survey results. Filtering based on demographics makes it easy to retain anonymity and target focus areas.
This tip may seem counterintuitive, as lawyers pride themselves on being able to “read between the lines.” However, if you make financial information available across the company from day one, it will prevent many of your employees from feeling left out or underappreciated. Employees need to know how decisions made at the top impact them on a day-to-day basis and by doing so, everyone’s goals will be much more aligned.
Most law firms make it a strict rule to bill for every hour worked. This can be harmful in many respects and is especially hard on parents and other individuals who need to maintain a certain balance between work and personal life. Flexible scheduling is the solution! By allowing your employees to have more control over when they come into the office or leave, you will empower them to find that ideal “work-life” balance. When you start a business, you assume that there will always be someone there for you no matter what happens, but sometimes emergencies arise outside of anyone’s control.
If your employees are satisfied with their work, they will be more engaged. By having an on-site fitness center, not only will your staff have a place to blow off steam after a stressful day, but they will also have more physical energy for their duties throughout the workday. With so much time spent sitting down in front of a computer or driving from one place to another, it is important that you make healthy living part of your company culture!
Lunch and learns are an excellent way to boost morale. When employees know they will be rewarded for attending these events with free food (and maybe even some cash), it becomes very difficult for them not to attend. It goes without saying that free food is always welcome at the office.
This tip is the glue that holds the previous five together to create a successful culture. By hosting cross-department events, you will show your employees that they are on the same team and all play an equally important role in moving the company forward. This is also a good time for leaders of each group to get to know one another more personally and develop stronger working relationships across smaller teams.
The workplace should be a reflection of the comfort level you want your employees to feel. If they are not comfortable, then chances are they will not be as productive. No one wants an environment like this and setting the tone with nicer chairs, better lighting, or even something as simple as plants or wall art, it will make your space feel much more nurturing for everyone who spends time inside it.
If you want to be successful, it is always best to follow the golden rule and treat others how you would like to be treated. By keeping in mind that your employees are human beings first who just happens to benefit the company by showing up every day, you will not only reduce turnover rates but also increase productivity! It may seem obvious, but many employers overlook this fact and sometimes even take advantage of their workers by expecting too much for little reward.
Having high morale in the office is important for employers because it will create an engaging work environment that helps to attract and retain top talent. By implementing these 6 tips, you can accomplish this goal with ease. Work should always be enjoyable when you are using your full potential in doing what you love!